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How to turn 13 days of annual leave into 35 days off in 2024

By booking in annual leave in line with public holidays, Aussies can more than double their time off.

Although 2024 has only just kicked off, as many of us start returning to work, you might already be thinking about when to take your next annual leave.

The good news is that, with some clever planning, Aussies can maximise their time off and enjoy some well-deserved rest and relaxation.

Here’s our guide on how you can book your annual leave in line with public holidays and more than double your time off.

Annual leave and calendar
Already planning your next break? Here’s how you can maximise your annual leave in 2024. (Source: AAP/Getty)

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Maximise your annual leave

Here are the dates you could book in your leave for the rest of 2024. Weekends and public holidays are listed, along with the days you should capitalise on.

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January

  • Friday, January 26 - Australia Day

  • Saturday, January 27 - Weekend

  • Sunday, January 28 - Weekend

  • Monday, January 29 - Annual leave

Holiday length = 4 days, annual leave used = 1 day

March/April

  • Friday, March 29 - Good Friday

  • Saturday, March 30 - Weekend

  • Sunday, March 31 - Weekend

  • Monday, April 1 - Easter Monday

  • Tuesday, April 2 - Annual leave

  • Wednesday, April 3 - Annual leave

  • Thursday, April 4 - Annual leave

  • Friday, April 5 - Annual leave

  • Saturday, April 6 - Weekend

  • Sunday, April 7 - Weekend

Holiday length = 10 days, annual leave used = 4 days

  • Thursday, April 25 - Anzac Day

  • Friday, April 26 - Annual leave

  • Saturday, April 27 - Weekend

  • Sunday, April 28 - Weekend

Holiday length = 4 days, annual leave used = 1 day

June

All states except Qld and WA

  • Friday, June 7 - Annual leave

  • Saturday, June 8 - Weekend

  • Sunday, June 9 - Weekend

  • Monday, June 10 - King's Birthday

  • Tuesday, June 11 - Annual leave

Holiday length = 5 days, annual leave used = 2 days

December

  • Saturday, December 21 - Weekend

  • Sunday, December 22 - Weekend

  • Monday, December 23 - Annual leave

  • Tuesday, December 24 - Annual leave

  • Wednesday, December 25 - Christmas Day

  • Thursday, December 26 - Boxing Day

  • Friday, December 27 - Annual leave

  • Saturday, December 28 - Weekend

  • Sunday, December 29 - Weekend

  • Monday, December 30 - Annual leave

  • Tuesday December 31 - Annual leave

  • Wednesday, January 1 - New Year’s Day

Holiday length = 12 days, annual leave used = 5 days

That still leaves you with seven days of annual leave to take when you want throughout the year. You could use them during other public holidays in your state or territory, or take annual leave days prior to when the public holidays fall, to extend your break even longer.

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