Public holidays

Last updated
20 September 2022

MOP(S) Act employees are entitled to public holidays as set out in the Enterprise Agreement and leave and public holidays guideline (see related resources).

This includes public holidays at your work base and at locations when you are required to travel for work.

Ongoing and non-ongoing MOP(S) Act employees will be paid the hours that you would otherwise have worked on that day. Public holidays are additional to your other leave entitlements.

Annual close down/Christmas shut down

Annual close down occurs each year between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Close down is treated the same way as public holidays. Annual close down is additional to your leave entitlements and you do not need to submit a leave application for this time period.

Working or travelling on a public holiday

If reasonably requested to do so, MOP(S) Act employees may be required to work on public holidays or during the annual closedown. If you are required to do so, you are entitled to take paid time off equal to the hours worked. You do not need to submit a leave application. Discuss and agree the time to be taken off with your employing parliamentarian.

If you travel to Canberra for work on a public holiday you may be entitled to additional annual leave credit.

Public holidays

Public holidays are listed below. Other public holidays are individually declared by the respective state and territory governments.

National public holidays 2022

Saturday 1 January

New Year’s Day

Monday 26 January

Australia Day

Friday 15 April

Good Friday

Saturday 16 April

Easter Saturday

Monday 18 April

Easter Monday

Monday 25 April 

Anzac Day

Thursday 22 September

National Day of Mourning for Her Majesty the Queen

Sunday 25 December

Christmas Day

Monday 26 December

Boxing Day

Tuesday 27 December (as Christmas Day falls on a Sunday in 2022, 27 December is observed as a public holiday)

Christmas Day declared public holiday

Thursday 29 December

Annual close down

Friday 30 December

Annual close down