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ANZAC Day public holiday: Will you get penalty rates?

Lucy Dean
·2-min read
Close up of red poppies on a war memorial.
(Image: Getty).

ANZAC Day is less than a week away, and this year will fall on Sunday 25 April.

For some Australians, that means they will also receive a public holiday on Monday 26 April.

However, not everyone will have Monday off. Unlike Christmas, Australia Day, New Year’s Day and Boxing Day, if ANZAC day falls on a weekend, there isn’t automatically a public holiday granted.

Here’s what’s happening in your state:

NSW: Only Sunday is the public holiday. Monday is not a public holiday.

Victoria: Sunday is a public holiday, but Monday is not.

“Anzac Day is commemorated on the day it falls. There is no replacement holiday when Anzac Day falls on a weekend,” the Australian Government fact page said.

Tasmania: Sunday is a public holiday, but Monday isn’t.

Queensland: Monday is a public holiday, but Sunday is not.

South Australia: While Sunday isn’t a public holiday, Monday is.

Western Australia: In Western Australia, both the Sunday and the Monday are public holidays.

Northern Territory: Monday is marked as a public holiday, but Sunday is not.

Australian Capital Territory: Both Sunday and Monday are observed as public holidays.

“As 25 April (ANZAC Day) falls on a Sunday in 2021, the following Monday is observed as a public holiday,” the fact page said for the Australian Capital Territory.

What does that mean for penalty rates?

If you’re a casual worker working on a day registered as a public holiday, you’re owed penalty rates.

That generally means you should be receiving 250 per cent of your base hourly rate on public holidays.

If you’re an employee who is working outside of your home state on a day marked as a public holiday in your home state, you’re also owed public holiday pay - even if you’re not physically in the state where the holiday is being observed.

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