INDUSTRIAL UPDATE – Public Holidays and Related Requirements – MARCH 2016

Members are advised of gazetted Public Holidays in MARCH 2016 -

Monday 7 March 2016
Labour Day (WA only)

Monday 14 March 2016
Canberra Day (ACT)
March Public Holiday (SA)
Eight Hours Day (TAS)
Labour Day (VIC)

Friday 25 March 2016 - GOOD FRIDAY
All States and Territories

Saturday 26 March 2016 - EASTER SATURDAY
All States and Territories except TAS & WA

Sunday 27 March 2016 - EASTER SUNDAY
(NOTE - every Sunday in SA is nominally a public holiday under the Holidays Act 1910 (SA).

Monday 28 March 2016 - EASTER MONDAY
All States and Territories


Fulltime or Part Time employees performing work on a public holiday must be paid double time or ordinary time plus the equivalent day off in lieu as mutually agreed. Please also note that Fulltime or Part Time employees normally rostered on a public holiday are entitled to time off without loss of wages.

Casual Employees are not entitled to any of the public holiday benefits applying to full-time employees. All work performed by a casual employee on a public holiday is at their normal Casual rate of pay in accordance with the Horse & Greyhound Training Award 2010 (HGTA).

The ATA has previously received correspondence from the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO), that states “FWO are of the view that a casual employee working on a public holiday is excluded from the penalty rates provided at clause 26.3 of the Training Award. FWO note that this is consistent with the operation under the key pre-modern award in the industry, the Horse Training Industry Award 1999 [AP783476]”.

In the event that a pay period ends on or before a public holiday an Employer is required to ensure that Employees receive payment of wages at least (1) day prior.

The ATA’s Industrial Relations Manager is contactable on (03) 9372 1688 or email should Members require further assistance.

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