Australians love their public holidays and when they happen to fall on the weekend, we're grateful when we get the Monday off as a substitute. One of the more sombre public holidays is ANZAC Day and in 2020, it falls on a Saturday.
Unfortunately for some, only two states will be getting replacement days this year, meaning most of us will need to be back at work on a Monday. Here's what you need to know.
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There is no ANZAC Day 'long weekend' in NSW, Victoria, Northern Territory, Queensland, Tasmania and South Australia for 2020
As mentioned, ANZAC Day in 2020 will fall on a Saturday. For those in NSW, Victoria, Northern Territory, Queensland, Tasmania and South Australia, things will be business as normal on the following Monday.
In NSW, the Public Holidays Act 2010 clearly states that while holidays such as Australia Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day get a public holiday the following Monday or Tuesday too, in case of the Christmas break, ANZAC Day is the one exception.
"The Public Holidays Act 2010 names ANZAC Day to be observed with a public holiday on 25 April including whether it is a Saturday or a Sunday. It does not provide for any automatic substitution or additional arrangements," a NSW Government spokesperson told Lifehacker Australia.
"Consistent with past practice, there have not been additional holidays on the Mondays following an ANZAC Day Saturday in 1987, 1992, 1998, 2009 and 2015.
"The 25th of April remains a public holiday in recognition of the solemnity of the day. It is not intended to be an additional holiday for workers."
Which states get a long weekend this ANZAC DAY?
Only two states and territories in Australia will experience an ANZAC Day public holiday off in 2020 on the following Monday. Those exceptions are obviously the ones yet to be mentioned — Western Australia and ACT. Western Australia's Public And Bank Holidays Act 1972 means Monday becomes the state's observed public holiday while the ACT has declared the Monday a public holiday this year.
For the rest of Australia, you'll have to be back to business as usual on Monday.
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