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Suzie’s story – public holidays and casual workers

Suzie works as a casual shop assistant on Mondays and Tuesdays most weeks. Last month Suzie’s boss told her that she didn’t need to come to work on Tuesday 26 January because it was Australia Day – a public holiday – and the shop would be closed. Suzie asked if she would get paid for that day.
The boss said no, there would be no pay as she would not be working on that day.

Suzie’s boss is correct. Casual workers only get paid when they work.  If Suzie was a full-time or part-time and the shop closed, she would be paid for her normal shift.  To find out if you are eligible for public holiday pay, visit


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