Working on public holidays
You’re entitled to a paid day off on public holidays that fall on days you’d normally work. If you choose to work, you should be paid at least time and a half and get another paid day off later.
When a public holiday falls on a day you usually work
You're entitled to a paid day off. You don't have to take annual leave and it doesn't matter how long you've been with the company or how many hours you work.
If you choose to work on a public holiday
If you choose to work on a public holiday and it's a day you'd usually work, you'll:
- be paid at least time and a half for hours worked (that means 1.5 times your normal rate), and
- get a paid day off to take later — called a day in lieu — even if you've only worked part of a shift.
Days in lieu (alternative holidays)
If it's not a day you'd usually work, you'll just be paid time and a half.
When you can be made to work
Your employer can only make you work on a public holiday if:
- your employment contract says you have to work on that public holiday, and
- it falls on a day you usually work.
If you only work on public holidays, you'll be paid at least time and a half but you don't get a day in lieu.
Contracting and working for yourself
If you're self-employed or contracting, you're not entitled to paid days off on public holidays. If you choose to work, you'll only be paid your usual rate for the day — and you won't get a paid day off later.