Christmas 2020: Queensland Public Holidays and Pay Rates

With the festive season almost here, now is the time to get up-to-speed with Queensland public holidays and pay rates. To help your business get it right, we have put together a quick guide.


Common Awards and Public Holiday Rates

Here is a  selection of public holiday pay rates for common awards. These details are subject to change, so view the award on the Fair Work website for the most up-to-date information.

Queensland Public Holiday Pay Rates

Queensland Public Holidays

In Queensland, the following days over the Christmas period are a public holiday:

  • 24th December:¬†Public holiday rates apply from 6:00 pm to midnight.
  • 25th December: Public holiday rates apply all day.
  • 26th December: Public holiday rates apply all day.
  • 27th December:¬†Because Boxing Days falls on a weekend, the following Monday is a public holiday. Public holiday rates apply all day.

Public Holiday Pay Rates

Firstly, when determining what pay rate you are required to pay staff on a public holiday, you must check the relevant award. For a full list of awards, visit the Fair Work website. Not sure what award your employees fall under? Use the free award finder tool on the Fair Work website.

Full-Time and Part-Time Employees

Typically, full-time and part-time employees receive a paid day off on a public holiday. They receive their ordinary rate of pay. However, as an employer, you can ask a full-time or part-time employee to work on a public holiday. The request must be reasonable and you are required to pay the relevant penalty rate as outlined in their award.

Casual Employees

Firstly, check your employee’s agreement or award for pay rate details and other conditions relevant to public holidays. Casual employees are only paid on a public holiday for hours worked, and receive the pay rate as stipulated in their award.

Speak with a HR Professional

Do you need some help understanding your employer obligations when it comes to Queensland public holidays and pay rates? Get in touch with our team for a no-obligation discussion. Contact Lisa on or Nick on Alternatively, call (07) 4638 3599.