Public holidays

Last updated
06 September 2023

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.

Substitution of public holidays

In certain circumstances ongoing and non-ongoing employees may substitute a gazetted public holiday for an alternative day off, with the agreement of their Parliamentarian/Authorised Officer.

Requesting employees to work on a public holiday

Where employees are expected to work on a public holiday, employing Members and employees must ensure the need for work on a public holiday is reasonable, based on the factors in the National Employment Standard (refer Leave and Public Holidays Guideline, Attachment C).

Public holidays

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

National public holidays 2023

Saturday 1 January

New Year’s Day

Thursday 26 January

Australia Day

Friday 7 April

Good Friday

Saturday 8 April

Easter Saturday

Monday 10 April

Easter Monday

Tuesday 25 April 

Anzac Day

Monday 12 June

King's birthday

Monday 2 October

Labour Day

Monday 25 December

Christmas Day

Tuesday 26 December

Boxing Day

Wednesday 27 December

Annual close down

Thursday 28 December

Annual close down

Friday 29 December

Annual close down

*The annual shutdown period for MOP(S) Act employees is from 25 December 2023 to 1 January 2024, inclusive. Employees are expected to return to work on Tuesday, 2 January 2024