Public holidays

St Patrick’s Day (17 March) is a public holiday. Most employees are entitled to paid leave on public holidays.

If the public holiday falls on a day which is not a normal working day for that business (for example, on Saturday or Sunday) you are still entitled to benefit for that public holiday. In 2018 St Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday. If you are not rostered to work on St Patrick’s Day in 2018, you are entitled to one of the following:

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

If you do work on St Patrick’s Day in 2018, you are entitled to be paid for the day as usual. In addition, you are also entitled to benefit for the public holiday (as set out above).

Note that, where a public holiday falls on a weekend, you do not have any automatic legal entitlement to have the next working day off work.

If you work part-time and the public holiday falls on a day you normally work, you are entitled to a day’s pay for the holiday (provided you have worked at least 40 hours for that employer in the 5 weeks before the public holiday). If you are required to work that day, you are entitled to an additional day’s pay. If you do not normally work on that particular day, you should get one-fifth of your weekly pay. Even if you are never rostered to work on a public holiday, you are entitled to one-fifth of your weekly pay as compensation for the public holiday.

You can read more about your public holiday entitlements on