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The public holiday provisions under the National Employment Standards (the NES) include a list of 8 public holidays, plus any day, or part day, declared under State or Territory law.

An employee is entitled to be absent on a public holiday and to be paid for any of the employee’s ordinary working hours which fall on the holiday.  This is subject to an employer’s right to request that an employee work on a public holiday if the request is reasonable, and an employee’s right to refuse a request if reasonable in the circumstances.

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