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Public Holidays – Melbourne Cup – Fact Sheet for Councils

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					            PUBLIC HOLIDAYS – MELBOURNE CUP DAY 2009
         FACT SHEET FOR NON-METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITES


•   Last year the Minister for Small Business, Joe Helper, wrote to all non-
    metropolitan councils advising the new arrangements under the Public Holidays
    Act 1993, for the Melbourne Cup Day public holiday throughout Victoria.

•   Prior to the amendments, the Act appointed a Melbourne Cup Day public holiday
    only in metropolitan Melbourne.

•   The Act was changed and Melbourne Cup Day is now a public holiday across the
    entire State.

•   Non-metropolitan Councils are still able to nominate an alternative public holiday to
    Melbourne Cup Day if they wish. Councils should write to the Minister specifying the
    substitute day at least 90 days prior. However, it must be a full day and it must apply
    right across the entire municipal district.

•   The Government’s intention in making these amendments is to provide consistency
    and certainty, and ensure that, to the greatest extent possible, Victorian workers are
    entitled to 11 public holidays each year.

•   Employees and employers should always refer to their particular employment
    arrangements to determine how public holidays are treated.

•   No shop trading restrictions apply to Melbourne Cup Day.

•   Other changes to the Act make automatic what has, in effect, been the Government’s
    practice over the last 10 years:

    o     an additional public holiday when New Year’s Day falls on a weekend;
    o     a substitute public holiday when Australia Day falls on a weekend;
    o     a substitute public holiday when Christmas Day falls on a weekend; and
    o     an additional public holiday when Boxing Day falls on a weekend.

•   For more information, call the Victorian Business Line on 13 22 15 or visit
    www.business.vic.gov.au




Small Business Victoria                                                       April 2009

				
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