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Industry urges the NSW government to take the lead in achieving nationally consistent public holidays

"In a submission to the NSW Government’s review ofpublic holiday legislation, the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) has urged the Government to take the lead in achieving more national consistency on public holidays. Surely it is time for the State and Territory Governments to work together to achieve a more rational public holiday system in Australia,” Mr Willox said.

Ai Group’s submission to the Review, urges the New South Wales Government to:

  • Substitute Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day public holidays which fall on the weekend with a holiday on the following Monday or Tuesday rather than declaring any additional days.
  • Align Easter public holidays with the majority of other States and Territories. This would result in three declared public holidays over Easter on Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Monday, with Easter Sunday no longer being a public holiday.
  • Urge the Federal Government to introduce amendments to the Fair Work Act to implement the following recommendation (16.2) of the Productivity Commission’s recent inquiry into the Workplace Relations Framework:

“The Australian Government should amend the National Employment Standards so that newly designated state and territory public holidays are not subject to public holiday penalty rates or a paid day of leave.”

  • Through the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), develop a nationally consistent approach to public holidays in respect of: the quantum of public holidays; the days on which public holidays which are recognised in each State and Territory are held; and the substitution of certain public holidays which fall on weekends rather than declaring additional days.

“Public holidays impose huge costs on businesses and the broader community. It is important for all State and Territory Governments to minimise unnecessary costs for public holidays by declaring public holidays in a more nationally consistent manner, and avoiding declaring unwarranted additional public holidays, Mr Willox said.

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Ai Group submission