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This policy document is currently under review to reflect The Australian National University Enterprise Agreement 2023-2026, which came into effect on 5 December 2023. Until this has been reviewed, the new Enterprise Agreement will take precedence over the provisions outlined in this document.

Procedure: Public holidays and Christmas closedown


To inform staff of public holiday and University closure entitlements in accordance with the ANU Enterprise Agreement.


Public holidays

  1. Any day gazetted or proclaimed as a public holiday, at the location the staff member is working, will be taken on full pay, except that a casual staff member who is not required to work on such a day will not be entitled to payment for that day.
  2. The public holidays observed each year are:

New Year’s Day

Anzac Day

Australia Day

Queen's Birthday

Canberra Day*

Reconciliation Day*

Good Friday

Labour Day

Easter Saturday

Christmas Day

Easter Monday

Boxing Day

*ACT only

University closure

  1. The closure of the University during the standard working days between 25 December and 1 January each year will be determined by the Vice-Chancellor. A College Dean or Service Division Director may vary these arrangements for an organisational unit in order to meet essential operational or research requirements. Where an organisational unit does close, the staff of that unit will be granted additional paid leave for those days which are not public holidays, and which they would otherwise have worked. Where an organisational unit is closed and a staff member is directed to work, time in lieu will be granted for time worked.


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Title Public holidays and Christmas closedown
Document Type Procedure
Document Number ANUP_000614
Purpose To inform staff of their entitlement to public holidays and arrangements for closure of the University during the Christmas - New Year period.
Audience Staff, Staff-Academic, Staff-Professional
Category Administrative
Topic/ SubTopic Staff - Leave & Absences
Effective Date 23 Mar 2018
Next Review Date 30 Jun 2024
Responsible Officer: Chief People Officer
Approved By: Chief Operating Officer
Contact Area Human Resources Division
Authority: The Australian National University Enterprise Agreement 2023-2026
Delegations 0

Information generated and received by ANU staff in the course of conducting business on behalf of ANU is a record and should be captured by an authorised recordkeeping system. To learn more about University records and recordkeeping practice at ANU, see ANU recordkeeping and Policy: Records and archives management.

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