Because Anzac Day 2020 occurs on a Saturday, there will be no additional public holiday for most Australians this year. Even though Anzac Day is a national public holiday, if it comes on a Saturday or Sunday, it does not guarantee that all Australians get the following Monday off. For example, if today was April 25, then because it falls on a Saturday, Australia would be in-lockstep with New Zealand and honor its soldiers together. However, since three out of four provinces (New South Wales, Victoria, and Queensland) have Thursday as their public holiday, we can infer that only one province will be marking Tuesday, as a public holiday.
Anzac Day was created to commemorate those who served in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) during the first world war. The date chosen for its commemoration is 25 April, which is the anniversary of the landing at ANZAC Cove, near Cape Helles, Turkey. This is when the first battalions of Australian and New Zealand troops went ashore to fight in what became known as the Battle of Gallipoli. They were attempting to break through Turkish lines to reach Allied forces fighting nearby in Europe.
On top of this, some states and territories also have public holidays that fall on the same day as Anzac Day. These are listed below. Please note that not all states and territories have a public holiday on April 25 so check before you travel!
New South Wales (NSW). While Anzac Day is a public holiday in NSW, it does not get an additional public holiday if it occurs on a weekend. That means there won't be a long weekend for Anzac Day until 2022, when it falls on a Monday. In other words, there will be no public holiday on Monday 10 April 2022.
Anzac Day was created by the Australian government to honor those who served in the military during times of war. The first ANZAC day was held in Australia's capital city, Canberra. It was proposed by the Minister for Defence Materiel, Senator George Maxwell, and passed into law by the Commonwealth Parliament in 2003.
The date of 11 April has been set aside as official ANZAC day throughout Australia. This day marks when hostilities between British and Turkish forces ended in 1918, which allowed for these young men to return home for a time at least.
However, not all states in Australia have adopted this practice, so some places may only have one public holiday per year. These places include New South Wales, Victoria, and Western Australia.
In New South Wales, there is only one public holiday, which is associated with Australia's national anthem. Anyone who works on this day must do so without pay.
In Victoria, there is also only one public holiday, which is called Australia Day.
Unlike Christmas, Australia Day, New Year's Day, and Boxing Day, ANZAC Day is not automatically a public holiday if it comes on a weekend. Only Sunday is a public holiday in New South Wales. Monday is not a federal holiday. Sunday is a holiday in Victoria, but Monday is not.
In other states, both days are holidays.
ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps - a group of soldiers who fought together in World War I. The war ended in November 1918, so people start thinking about holidays after this date. In 1975, Australia and New Zealand signed a treaty to preserve the integrity of their common border. This document is called the ANZATA (Anzacs-New Zealanders' Victory Award) Treaty and it includes a clause that sets April 25 as a day of commemoration for all Australians and New Zealanders.
For most countries, this would be a public holiday, but not in Australia. Instead, we celebrate it every year on April 25!
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Residents in New South Wales will not be offered an additional public holiday on the Monday after Anzac Day. According to the Public Holidays Act 2010, if any of the following occasions happen on a weekend, an additional public holiday will be declared: Australia Day, New Year's Day, Christmas Day, or Boxing Day.
In addition, if these days fall on a Sunday, another public holiday will be observed on the following Monday.
However, it is unlikely that the public holidays will be extended to include March 25 due to government expenses associated with this proposal. The cost of adding more public holidays would be about $140 million per year.
Anzac Day was originally a private ceremony until 1975 when it became a national event. The day is now observed across Australia and New Zealand to honor those who served their countries during World War I and subsequent wars.
Those who work on March 24 will have the option of taking time off on April 4 instead. Employees who choose this option will be able to use their annual leave as well as long service leave if they have met certain criteria.
For example, an employee who has been with the company for five years at the time of the announcement can apply for long service leave. The employee must also submit an application form and pay an application fee of $5,000.