Show Day Public Holiday Change in Queensland

The Queensland Show Day Public Holiday has been moved this year to help the Queensland tourism industry amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The traditionally mid-week holiday has been moved from Wednesday 12 August 2020 to Friday 14 August to create a long weekend for Queenslanders, in the hope that Queenslanders will be incentivised to travel within the state.

As the Show Day public holiday occurs on different dates and times of the year for different regions in Queensland, not all regions have moved the date of their Show Day Public Holiday to 14 August 2020. Employers are encouraged to visit the Queensland Government Recreation website to find out whether the Show Day Public Holiday has been moved in their region and whether their employees will be impacted by the change.

Employers are reminded that for any full time or part time employee:

  • rostered to work on days of the week that fall on a public holiday; and
  • where the employee is not required to work on the day;

that the employee must be paid their base rate of pay for the employee’s ordinary hours of work on those aforementioned days.

Employers should check the modern award or enterprise agreement, or contract of employment, that applies to their employees to determine if/what penalties may apply to permanent/casual employees who are required to work on the public holiday.

As this change is a one-off, employers who use a payroll software provider may need to contact the provider to ensure this change is reflected and employees are suitably remunerated on Friday the 14th of August, should the change apply to their business.

If you are unsure or need further assistance, please contact ER Strategies on 1300 55 66 37.

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