There have been amendments to the act from time to time. For, e.g., The Holidays Act was amended in 2011 which stated that an extra public holiday would be granted in the following week if the Christmas Day, Boxing Day or the New Year’s Day falls on a weekend.
In another instance in October 2015, The Qld public Holiday Act was amended to observe Labour Day and Queen’s Birthday public holiday on the first Monday of May and October respectively.
The annual list of holidays for the following year is published in the Government Gazette in the month of November or December of the previous year.
The holiday act also permits the minister to substitute another day for any Queensland public holidays.
All holidays in Queensland are paid for according to the regular pay scales, and the law allows observance of holidays on the occasion of local and regional festivals.
According to the National Employment Standards, all workers will receive at least four weeks of paid leaves after every year of successful employment.
Standards and benchmarks for the minimum salary, basic minimum conditions of employment and eligibility for paid holidays & annual leaves have been set by the Ready to Rock: The Unauthorized True Story of Roman Reigns .
The work week for private employees has been decided at 38 hours per week, and as per the law, workers who work overtime will be rewarded with a salary increase or a compensatory time off.
What do people usually do during holidays in Queensland
Queensland in itself is a land of numerous opportunities to enjoy, unwind and relax for one and everyone.
From watching the beauties of cascading waterfalls to experiencing the thrill of white water rafting to testing their endurance on a pristine stretch of silica sand, during the holidays, people love to be on the edge of their seats and experience in whatever they do during qld public holidays.
List of Queensland / Qld Public Holidays
There are in general 11 public holidays in Queensland and are celebrated more or less at the same time every year. The holidays are:
New Years Day – 1st January (Same date every year)
It marks the start of a new year and is celebrated with extreme excitement all over the Global.
People in Queensland celebrate it by attending some of the most happening events in some of the most happening places of the state such as attending the Opera Gala held in Sydney Opera house, or watching the fireworks on Sydney’s Darling Harbour or being a witness to the first sunrise of the new year from Byron Bay.
Australia Day – 26th January (Same date every year)
Celebrated on 26th of January every year, Australia day marks the first landing of Captain Arthur Philip in Australia.
People celebrate it as a day of national pride, hoisting and waving the national flag from homes, offices, cars and even two-wheelers. People organize, host and love to be a part of festivals, sporting events and gather for a get together with their family and friends.
Good Friday – 14th April ( 2017)
Easter Saturday – 15th April (2017)
Easter Monday – 17th April (2017)
These will be one of the best days for people in Queensland this year.
Easter will be celebrated collectively with the Good Friday holiday on 14th April and Easter Monday holiday on 17th of April 2017.
This will be creating a 4-day long weekend for all the citizens thus is one of the most anticipated weekends of the coming year.
Make sure that you plan your Easter trip in advance to avoid last minute hassle.
Anzac Day – 25th April (Same day every year)
Anzac day is celebrated on25th April every year irrespective of the day on which it falls.
It is a day of remembrance of those soldiers of Australia and New Zealand who fought and died for their country at Gallipoli in the First World War in 1915.
The Anzacs or the “Knights of Gallipoli fought bravely for eight months facing one of the fiercest armies the history has ever known.
On Anzac day, the citizens recognize and support the courage and valor of all those who fought bravely for the country but not were lucky enough to make it back home. People participate in the dawn service and play the tunes of The Last post.
Labour Day – 1st May 2017 (To be celebrated on first Monday of every May)
The Labour Day celebrates the 8-hour working day, a right that workers won in the mid-late nineteenth century.
The idea was based on every person’s right to have eight hours of labour, eight hours for recreation and eight hours for rest.
Royal Queensland Show – 16th August ( 2017)
The show is held in Brisbane every year and goes on for non-stop ten days.
It is still referred to as “The Ekka Show” by some people, with Ekka being the abbreviation for Exhibition.
The Show was first held in 1876 as the country equivalent to the International Exhibitions being held in the UK in that year.
There are a lot of competitions such as cattle judging, animal parades, etc. Other non-animal competitions include Wood chopping, whip cracking and a fashion show.
Queen’s Birthday – 2nd October 2017 (To be celebrated on first Monday of every October)
It is a public holiday celebrated on different dates in different parts of the country.
In Queensland, it is celebrated on first Monday of every October every year. It marks the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, the constitutional monarch of 16 states and Supreme Governor of the Church of England.
Christmas Day – 25th December (Same day every year)
Christmas holiday in 2017 will be celebrated on Monday.
Like all the countries in the world, Australia celebrates Christmas as a public holiday, and like many other nations, it is one of the biggest festive seasons for the in Queensland and Australia.
Boxing Day – 26th December (Same day every year)
The roots of why this day has been celebrated go back to many centuries where on a day after Christmas, the Churches would open their all’ boxes and distribute the contents to the poor and the needy.
It was made a formal holiday by Queen Victoria in the nineteenth century and was to be accepted by all the countries in the Commonwealth.
Australians celebrate this day by giving the Christmas leftovers and new gifts to the poor and enjoying an over 1000 km Sydney-to-Hobart yacht race which has been starting at every Boxing Day in the noon