INDUSTRIAL UPDATE – Public Holidays and Related Requirements – September l October

Members are advised of gazetted Public Holidays in SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER 2016 -


Monday 26 September 2016
ACT - Family & Community Day
WA - Queens Birthday

Friday 30 September 2016
VIC - Friday before AFL Grand Final


Monday 3 Oct 2016
ACT, NSW & SA - Labour Day
QLD - Queens Birthday


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.