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Holidays with Pay and Time off in Lieu (TOIL)

Holidays with Pay (public holidays) and Time off in Lieu (TOIL) arrangements for ESP/Support Staff are provided under Appendix 16 of the Tasmanian State Service Award (the Award).

If the public holidays fall on a day of the week that you would normally work, you are an entitled to be paid or get TOIL for a maximum of 9 public holidays in a calendar year.

Whether you get TOIL or paid depends on what category the public holiday is in.

You are only entitled to pay on a public holiday or TOIL if the public holiday falls on a day of the week you would work if it was a normal week in a term.

So, if you work only on Wednesdays only the public holidays that fall on a Wednesday could result in you being paid or getting TOIL.

You can only get up to 9 days in total.

How does it work?

  1. Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day

If Christmas Day, Boxing Day and/or New Year’s Day fall on a day that you normally work, you will be paid for that day, even though it is in the holidays.

  • Public Holidays during School Terms

During school terms, if a public holiday occurs on a day that you normally work, you will be paid.

  • Other Public Holidays NOT during School Terms

During school holiday periods, if any other public holiday (apart from Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day) occurs on a day that you normally work, you will be entitled to one day TOIL.

Working Out My Entitlement

1. Look through the table and make a list of the holidays, for your region, that occur on days that you work. (To help we have provided a table below that lists the public holidays this year and we have noted which are paid and which could result in TOIL.)

2. Add the Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day holidays if they fall on day that you would normally work.

3. If this does not add up to nine days then you are entitled to TOIL to make it up to nine days.

4. Look at the public holidays that fall in the school holidays for your region and if there are public holidays that fall on a day you would normally work then you are entitled to those day as TOIL (only to a total of 9 paid and TOIL days in a calendar year)

Taking TOIL

The TOIL entitlement must be taken before the end of the school year.

The TOIL must be taken on a student free day or at another time agreed by the Principal and staff member.

If you work additional weeks (up to 44 weeks) any TOIL entitlement could be taken off the additional weeks of work.

If relief is required, this cost must be covered by the school. We recommend that you contact your manager/ principal at the start of the year or at the start of each term to negotiate when you will be able to take your TOIL days. Please do not leave it to the end of a term.

Tasmanian Public Holidays 2024

DateDayHolidayNorthNorth WestSouthNotes
1 JANMondayNew Year’s DayPAIDPAIDPAID 
10 JANWednesdayDevonport Cup TOIL Half day holiday from 11am in Devonport & NW locations
26 JANFridayAustralia DayTOILTOILTOIL 
12 FEBMondayRoyal Hobart Regatta  PAIDSouth of and including Oatlands and Swansea
28 FEBWednesdayLaunceston CupPAID  Half day holiday from 11am Launceston City – full day in other Northern locations
5 MARTuesdayKing Island Show   King Island Only (PAID)
11 MARMondayEight Hours DayPAIDPAIDPAID 
29 MARFridayGood FridayPAIDPAIDPAID 
1 APRMondayEaster MondayPAIDPAIDPAID 
2 APRTuesdayEaster TuesdayPAIDPAIDPAID 
3 MAYFridayAGFEST   Municipal area of Circular Head Only (PAID)
10 JUNMondayKing’s BirthdayPAIDPAIDPAID 
4 OCTFridayBurnie Show   Municipal areas of Burnie, Waratah, Wynyard and West Coast (TOIL)
10 OCTThursdayRoyal Launceston Show TOIL  Municipal areas of Break O’Day, Dorset, George Town, Launceston, Meander Valley, Northern Midlands, West Tamar
18 OCTFridayFlinders Island Show   Municipal area of Flinders Island (PAID)
24 OCTThursdayRoyal Hobart Show  PAID 
4 NOVMondayRecreation DayPAIDPAID All parts of the state which do not observe Royal Hobart Regatta
29 NOVFridayDevonport Show PAID Municipal areas of Devonport, Kentish and Latrobe
25 DECWednesdayChristmas DayPAIDPAIDPAID 
26 DECThursdayBoxing DayPAIDPAIDPAID 

Note: for members in or around Launceston, Cup Day can be a whole day, or from 11am. Your SBM should be able to inform you about this.

AEU Support

Calculating your paid public holiday and TOIL entitlements can be very tricky.

If you are confused or have any questions please contact our Support team on (03) 6234 9500 or at

Further Information

You can access the Working Additional Weeks forms via the DECYP staff intranet

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