Is Good Friday a public holiday?

Good Friday falls on 30 March in 2018. It is not a public holiday. While many businesses close on Good Friday, you have no automatic entitlement to time off work on that day.

However, Easter Monday is a public holiday. This year it falls on Monday 2 April.

If a public holiday falls on a day on which you normally work, you are entitled to either:

  • A paid day off on the public holiday
  • A paid day off within a month of the public holiday
  • An additional day’s pay
  • An additional day’s annual leave

If the public holiday falls on a day on which you do not normally work, then you are entitled to one-fifth of your normal weekly wage for that day.

Part-time employees qualify for public holiday entitlement if they have worked at least 40 hours during the 5 weeks ending on the day before a public holiday.

Read more about your public holiday entitlements.