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Christmas 2012 Holidays

Published 19 Oct 2012

The Public Holidays are:

•        Christmas Day on Tuesday 25th December 2012;
•        Boxing Day on Wednesday 26th December 2012;
•        New Year's Day on Tuesday 1st January 2013;
•        and the day after being Wednesday 2nd January 2013.

As the Public Holidays do not fall on weekends over this Christmas period, the Public Holidays are observed on their actual dates.

Public Holidays During Closedowns

The Holidays Amendment Act 2010 clarifies entitlements to Public Holidays, that fall during a close-down period.

If a business has a closedown period that includes Public Holidays (as can happen over the Christmas and New Year period) then the Employee is entitled to paid Public Holidays if they would be otherwise working days for them, as if the closedown was not in effect.

Just as if a Public Holiday falls during a period of annual holidays, the Employee is entitled to a paid public holiday if it is otherwise a working day for them.


For in-depth information on Holidays see the "Annual Holidays and Leave" eBook.

It is available for purchasing (for $112 plus GST) and downloading from or alternatively by emailing
Employer Support Package members can download it from the library section of