Following the recent passing of Queen Elizabeth II, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has announced that 22 September 2022 shall be declared a National Public Holiday. In announcing the National Day of Mourning, Prime Minister Albanese said:

I have asked Premiers and Chief Ministers that Thursday 22 September 2022 be declared a National Public Holiday in honour of the life and service of our late Queen…I encourage all Australians, wherever you may be, to take time to pause and reflect on Her Majesty’s extraordinary life of service.

While the Public Holiday is yet to be officially gazetted, the National Retail Association has begun consulting with the States and Territories regarding trading conditions on the day. Members will be provided with a further update in due course.

If Members require support with understanding public holiday rates of pay, they can visit the National Retail Association’s member portal here or call 1800 RETAIL (738 245) to speak with a Workplace Relations Advisor.

Read the Government’s full media release here (https://www.pm.gov.au/media/commemorating-her-majesty-queen-elizabeth-ii)