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Public Holidays Hack: How to Turn 20 Days Annual Leave into 43 Days Off in 2023 | Man of Many

Heading into 2023, we all want to make it a step up from the year just passed, and one way to do this is by maximising annual leave to get the most out of the year. The way to do this is by using annual leave combined with public holidays to get longer breaks, which means more time to completely zone out or finally go on that holiday. The good news is making the most of your holiday time in 2023 is actually well worth the effort.

How to Maximise Annual Leave in 2023

Make the most of the Australia Day public holiday to get an extra-long weekend off in January. Take off four days from January 23 to the 27, which will mean you’ll get a 9-day break, starting from January 23. Here’s how to do it:

January: Trade in Four for Nine

Better still, between April and May, you can make the most of the Easter break by turning 13 days of annual leave into 24 full days off in a row, provided you are in New South Wales. While international travel still feels a little way away, that isn’t to say you can prepare for a bit of a trip. Here is how to do it:

Easter/ ANZAC Long Weekend: Trade in 13 for 24

The Christmas break is the best time of year, full of plenty of drinks, beach days and eating, so why not make it longer? Take three days of annual leave from December 27 to the 29, which will give you a 10-day break from Dec 24th to January 2nd.

Christmas 2022: Trade in Three for Ten

Importantly, each state has its own rules when it comes to public holidays. While some are universal, like ANZAC Day, others vary from state to state. Here is a run down of each individual state and territories upcoming public holidays for 2023.

Public Holiday Dates By State in Australia

New South Wales public holidays are relatively straightforward. The major ones are there, however, the state misses out on some of the bigger sporting event holidays that Victoria cops.

Public Holidays NSW 2023

As mentioned, Victorians love their sport and the 2023 public holiday calendar reflects this. From events like the AFL Grand Final to the Melbourne Cup, the state has a few special days off.

Public Holidays VIC 2023

In Queensland, the Queen’s Birthday holiday gets moved and the state adds an extra day off for the official state fair. Here is what you need to know about Queensland public holidays in 2023.

Public Holidays QLD 2023

On the far west of the country, there are a fair few extra days off, including Western Australia Day on June 5. Here is a full schedule of public holidays in WA for 2023.

Public Holidays WA 2023

The 2023 South Australia public holiday schedule introduces state-specific days off including Adelaide Cup Day while also marking the period late on Christmas Eve as an official time of rest.

Public Holidays SA 2023

The home of our politicians, Canberra plays host to a number of territory-specific days off, including Canberra Day on March 13. Here is a full schedule of ACT public holidays.

Public Holidays ACT 2023

Down south, Tasmania celebrates 13 official public holidays in 2023. Here is everything you need to know to get the most out of your time off.

Public Holidays TAS 2023

Finally, in the Northern Territory, public holidays come thick and fast in Autumn before slowing down until the run home to Christmas. Here is what you need to know.

Public Holidays NT 2023

Annual leave is invaluable for mental and physical health, which will help employees be more productive and benefit the workplace as a whole- win-win! Most full-time employees in Australia get around four weeks of paid annual leave, and it has several benefits on both an individual level and an organisational level.

Why Annual Leave is Important

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