How to get 9 DAYS of holidays by taking just four days off work

How to get 9 DAYS of holidays by taking just four days off work


How to get 43 DAYS of holidays by taking just 16 days off work: Your guide to maximising your vacations in 2022

  • Aussies advised to use their annual leave with public holidays to boost time off
  • Employees can maximise their holidays by planning leave around key dates
  • Vacations could be doubled, using minimal leave, by targeting public holidays  










Australians in need of a break could more than double the length of their upcoming holidays without draining their annual leave balance. 

There’s an easy hack hardworking Aussies can use to maximise their vacations, it simply requires paying close attention to when public holidays land.  

The first key date to book is next week as Australia Day falls on a Wednesday.

Holidaymakers could score themselves nine days off by only taking four days of annual leave from the 22nd to 28th of January. 

How to get 9 DAYS of holidays by taking just four days off work

Hardworking Australians could score themselves up to 17 days off from 8 days of annual leave (pictured, stock photo)

This means Aussies would get the 22nd to the 30th off as long as you only work Monday to Friday with Saturday and Sunday free.

The Today Show’s finance expert Effie Zahos shared other key dates to book off to get extra long weekends. 

‘It’s the old trick of adding your annual leave to public holidays…if you target the main holidays you can actually double it,’ she told Today on Friday.

Employees can take a whopping 17 day break between the 15th of April to May 1st using only eight days of leave by taking advantage of Easter and Anzac Day.

Because the remaining days are either public holidays or weekends, you will max out your leave time while barely making a dent in your annual allowance.  

A four day break is up for grabs for the following week in NSW if leave is booked on the Queen’s birthday which falls on Monday June 13.

There's an easy hack hardworking Aussies can use to maximise their vacations, it simply requires paying close attention to when public holidays land

There’s an easy hack hardworking Aussies can use to maximise their vacations, it simply requires paying close attention to when public holidays land

However, Western Australians will have to wait until September 26th to bank their leave and Queenslanders until October 3.  

While public holidays will be sparse over winter, Aussies will be able to enjoy a nine day break for four days of leave as the weather begins to warm in spring.

Workers in ACT, NSW and SA won’t need to bank any leave to score themselves a three-day break with Labour Day falling on Monday October 3 out of the weekend.

Christmas and New Years Day will again fall over the weekend in 2022 and 2023, giving Aussies additional public holidays on December 27 and January 2.

MAXIMISE YOUR ANNUAL LEAVE: KEY DATES 2022

JANUARY

Nine day break – four days leave 

Annual Leave:  24th, 25th, 27th, 28th

Public Holiday: (Australia Day) 26th   

APRIL

17 day break – eight days leave 

Annual leave: 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th

Public Holidays: (Good Friday) 15th, (Easter Monday) 18th, (Anzac Day) 25th  

JUNE 

Four day break – one day of leave

Annual leave: 10th

Public Holidays:  (Queen’s Birthday National except QLD & WA) 13th 

OCTOBER

Three day break – zero days leave 

Public Holidays: (Labor day – NSW, ACT, SA) 3rd

 DECEMBER 

Ten days off – three days leave

Annual leave: 28th, 29th, 30th

Public Holidays: (Christmas Day weekend) 25th, (Boxing Day) 26th, (Christmas Day Public Holiday) 27th, (New Year’s Day weekend) 1st, (New Year’s Day Public Holiday) 2nd

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Author: Shirley