In response to questions from retailers, the public holiday to be observed in respect of Australia Day this year falls on Monday, 28 January 2019 across all States and Territories.

Public holiday penalty rates are not required to be paid for Saturday, 26 January 2019 but must be paid for work performed on Monday, 28 January 2019.

This rule only applies in respect of Australia Day 2019.

If your business has an enterprise agreement, this rule may be modified by the terms of that agreement.

For more information on public holiday penalty rates, contact the NRA workplace relations team on 1800 RETAIL (738 245).