Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick said the new laws allowed the Queen’s Birthday public holiday to be shifted to October from next year and the addition of a special holiday to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June 2012.
“These changes provide a better spread of public holidays throughout the year and create a one-off holiday to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee next year,” Mr Dick said.
“During consultation, the government received an overwhelming response from Queenslanders in favour of moving the Queen’s Birthday public holiday to the second half of the year.
“So from next year, the Queen’s Birthday holiday will occur on the first Monday in October.
“Moving the Queen’s Birthday ensures hard-working Queenslanders and their families get a well-deserved break later in the yea r.
“A one-off Queen’s Diamond Jubilee holiday will allow community and sporting events planned for the June long weekend to continue next year without disruption.”
Mr Dick said amendments to the Holidays Act 1983 passed today also allowed extra public holidays to be allocated when Christmas, Boxing or New Year’s days fall on a weekend.
“Previously, if a public holiday such as Christmas Day fell on a weekend, the next available working day was allocated a public holiday,” he said.
“Unfortunately this meant those working on the day itself were not entitled to public holiday penalty rates and that just wasn’t fair.
“These changes ensure workers are paid fairly and appropriately for working on these important holidays.
“With Christmas Day and New Year’s Day falling on Sundays this holiday season, these changes have been made in time to ensure people working on the actual day are paid their proper entitlements.
“These change s will be accompanied by the extension of the Easter state school holidays to two weeks from next year, providing more opportunities for families to spend time together and opening up opportunities for the tourism industry.”
“They ensure Queensland has modern and effective holiday laws which meet the needs of Queensland workers, employers and the community.”