Many awards will have new rules on shutdowns from 1 May 2023.
From 1 May 2023, many awards will have updated rules on taking annual leave during a shutdown.
A shutdown is when a business temporarily closes, such as during Christmas and New Year. Learn more about shutdowns at Direction to take annual leave during a shutdown.
The employee will be paid for any public holidays during the shutdown period that fall on days they would normally work.
These new rules apply to employees and employers covered by one of the affected awards.
We have updated our website information on directions to take annual leave during a shutdown. This includes for popular awards and industries like:
Access your industry from Direction to take annual leave during a shutdown page. Just select your industry from the drop-down menu to get award-specific information.
Unsure of your award? Use the 3-step Find my award tool to help work out what you’re covered by. Reading the award can help you determine if you’re covered by it too.
If you know your award already, you can access a copy directly from our List of awards page. From 1 May, your award will include the new rules for shutdowns.