International borders are set to open by Christmas if Tourism Minister Dan Tehan has his way, and Australians are now eagerly planning their overseas holidays or domestic jaunts.
If you’re looking to log your annual leave early, we’ve looked at the 2022 national public holidays and worked out just how you can turn 11 days of annual leave into 30 days off, simply by capitalising on public holidays and weekends.
Here’s how you do it.
January 2022 - 9 day break with 4 days leave
(22 Jan – 30 Jan)
Take a 9-day holiday by booking 4 days off, using both the weekends and the 26 January Australia Day public holiday.
April 2022 - 11 day break with 4 days leave
(15 Apr – 25 Apr)
Take an 11-day holiday by booking 4 days off by using the Good Friday, Easter Monday and Anzac Day public holidays.
If you want an even longer break, you could extend your break by another 6 days, using 4 days leave, by either starting your break on Saturday 9th of April, or taking it to Sunday 1 May.
If you took a prolonged break from 9 April to 1 May, you would get 23 days off by using 12 days of leave.
December/January 2023 - 10 day break with 3 days leave
(24 Dec – 2 Jan)
Take a 10-day holiday by booking 3 days off, using the Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day public holidays.
As Christmas Day falls on a Sunday, the public holiday is observed on either Monday or Tuesday the 26th and 27th, varying by Australian state or territory.
And as New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday, the following Monday is observed as a public holiday.
Bonus tip - December/January 2022
Fanging for an earlier break? Here’s a bonus tip on how to make the most of the coming Christmas season.
(25 Dec – 2 Jan)
Take a 10-day holiday by booking 3 days off.
Use the Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year's Day observed public holidays.