This year, Australia Day falls on a Saturday, which means all States and Territories will be observing the public holiday on Monday 28th of January.

If your business is open on Saturday 26th January, employees should be paid their normal Saturday rates, and public holiday rates will apply to employees who work on Monday 28th of January.

Please note – if your business operates under an enterprise agreement be sure to check whether the agreement has different rules surrounding the Australia Day public holiday.

For a more in-depth explanation of the obligations, rights and entitlements that arise on public holidays, please refer to our public holiday knowledge base article.