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Easter and Anzac Day public holidays and the end of daylight saving 2021

Easter and Anzac Day public holidays and the end of daylight saving 2021

Working when daylight saving ends

Victoria’s daylight saving will end at 3am, Sunday 4 April 2021. At 3am, move clocks back one hour to 2am.

I am rostered to work night duty when daylight saving ends on Sunday 4 April. How do I calculate my pay?

Public sector members should be paid ordinary time for the time worked (e.g. a 10-hour shift will in this case be 11 hours). Members in other sectors will need to check their EBA, as they may be paid for rostered hours, not actual hours worked.


Easter and Anzac Day public holidays

The public holidays for Easter and Anzac Day 2021 are:

Good Friday 2 April
Easter Saturday 3 April
Easter Sunday 4 April
Easter Monday 5 April
Anzac Day 25 April (Sunday)


I work in the public sector, what should I be paid to work on a public holiday?

Good Friday, Easter Monday

Full and part-time employees working on Good Friday or Easter Monday are entitled to double time, or twice your hourly rate. Casual employees are entitled to double the casual rate.

Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday and Anzac Day

Full and part-time employees working are entitled to double time, plus the weekend penalty, therefore 250 per cent.

*Casual employees working are entitled to a 250 per cent penalty of the base casual rate. There are some variations in the private sector, particularly for enrolled nurses and personal care workers, so please check your specific agreements if you work in the private sector.


What if I am on a day off when the public holiday falls?

Monday to Friday employees are not eligible for payment for Easter Saturday or Easter Sunday.

All other employees may be entitled to some benefit dependent on your EBA.

If your work area doesn’t open on public holidays, and you would otherwise have worked, you are entitled to take the day off on pay.

However if you are a part-time employee, and you are simply on a day off, you are entitled to either:

  • in the public sector –  you would normally work a pro-rata payment depending on how many hours a week you work
  • In the private sector – a day’s pay, but only if you would ‘ordinarily work’ on the day of the week (e.g. Monday) that the holiday falls. The mechanism for determining this varies, depending on your EBA.

Night shift (General public sector)

The public holiday rate applies for each hour worked on the public holiday. You are also entitled to the pro rata rostered off benefit for that part of the night shift that falls on the public holiday that if you are not rostered to work.

Night shift (Public mental health)

Public holiday rates apply to the whole shift that ends on the public holiday. Shifts commencing on Easter Monday will only attract public holiday rates until midnight.

If you are rostered off on that night shift you will receive the applicable rostered off benefit.

*Private sector: please check your agreement.

Public holidays occurring during annual leave

Where a public holiday occurs during annual leave, you are taken to not be on annual leave on that day and the day is not deducted from your annual leave credit.

 Public holidays occurring during a period of sick leave

If you are sick on a public holiday you are’ deemed’ not to be on sick leave on that day and get paid for the public holiday (at ordinary time), without deduction from your personal leave credit.

This article was amended on 9 April 2021.