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    Education and Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Public holiday changes a step closer

    Education and Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Tuesday, November 15, 2011

    Public holiday changes a step closer

    Legislation has been introduced into State Parliament that will allow for the proposed shake-up of Queensland’s public holidays.

    Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick today introduced amendments to Holidays Act 1983 that will allow the Queen’s Birthday public holiday to be shifted to October and create a one-off Queen’s Diamond Jubilee holiday in June 2012.

    The changes also create extra public holidays for workers when Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day fall on weekends.

    “These amendments will provide a better spread of public holidays throughout the year, ensuring hard-working Queenslanders get a well-deserved break later in the year,” Mr Dick said.

    “The amendments also mean that workers who are rostered on when Christmas falls on a weekend receive the penalty rates they deserve.

    “Coupled with the changes we will make to student-free days so that the Easter state school holidays can be extended to two weeks, Queenslanders will have even more opportunities for work-life balance from next year.

    “The changes were subject to consultation and the overwhelming majority of respondents supported the changes.

    “If passed, the legislative amendments will result in the Queen’s Birthday holiday being shifted to the first Monday in October from next year.

    “The Bill also creates a special one-off Queen’s Diamond Jubilee holiday on 11 June 2012 to allow community and sporting events planned for the June long weekend to continue next year without disruption.”

    Mr Dick said amendments to the Holidays Act 1983 would also allocate extra public holidays when Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day fell on a weekend.

    “Currently, if Christmas Day, Boxing Day, or New Year’s Day fall on a weekend a substitute public holiday is appointed for the next available working day,” he said.

    “Unfortunately this means those working on the original date don’t get paid public holiday penalty rates. This is clearly unfair.

    “These amendments address this inequity and ensure those working on these significant days are paid appropriately.

    “They also align us with most other states.

    “With Christmas and New Year’s falling on a weekend this year, I am sure the changes will welcomed by those working these holidays.

    “All Queenslanders enjoy their public holidays and the Holidays Act 1983 protects these holidays and the rights of people who work on them.

    “These changes will ensure Queensland has modern and effective holiday laws which meet the needs of Queensland workers, employers and the community.”

    Media contact: Minister for Education and Industrial Relations 3237 1000