The Queen’s Birthday is recognised as a public holiday in Queensland on Monday 7th October 2019.

The Queen’s Birthday public holiday has been moved around the Queensland calendar a couple of times over the past 8 years, along with the Labour Day public holiday.

In the ACT, New South Wales and South Australia Labour Day is recognised as a public holiday on Monday 7th October.

If you use an automated payroll system, ensuring the system properly recognises the public holidays properly is critically important to keeping payments correct. reminds us that:

Employees don’t have to work on a public holiday.

However, an employer can ask an employee to work on a public holiday, if the request is reasonable. An employee may refuse a request to work if they have reasonable grounds.

The following need to be taken into account when deciding if a request is reasonable:

  • the employee’s personal circumstances, (eg. family responsibilities)
  • whether the employee will get more pay (eg. penalty rates)
  • the needs of the workplace
  • the type of work the employee does
  • whether the employee’s salary includes work on a public holiday
  • whether the employee is full-time, part-time, casual or a shiftworker
  • how much notice the employee was given about working
  • the amount of notice the employee gives that they refuse to work.

When requesting that an employee work on a public holiday, employers need to consider all relevant circumstances, including the ones listed above.

If you’re unsure of the requirements for rostering and payments of your employees on public holidays, give us a call on 1300 766 380.