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How to turn your 20 days annual leave into 56 days of holidays. 2023 Holiday Planner.

Updated: Jun 4

Maximising your holidays in 2023.


Rum Bar Airlee Beach Queensland, Australia
Happy Holidays. Rum Bar Airlee Beach Queensland, Australia

What I discovered is that with a bit of planning, getting your holiday requests in early (before other staff) and a flexible boss. You can easily extend 23 days of annual leave all the way out to 54 days a year, or a 235% increase in leisure time.


How to turn your 20 days annual leave into 56 days of holidays. 2023 Holiday Planner.


Please check your relevant state holidays there as they may differ slightly i.e., Labour Day, Kings Birthday, Show Day dates etc… and plan your leave and extended holiday time around them.


So let’s begin!


January

  • 1st of January is a Sunday and a public holiday, so is Monday the 2nd. Drawing down 4 days of annual leave from Tuesday 3rd – Friday the 6th inclusive carries you through to the weekend, giving you a total of 8 days off. Note if you elect to take another 3 days off between the 28th of December 2022 – 30th December 2022, you could extend your total Christmas holiday break out to a whopping 23 days!

 

  • 21st of January is a Saturday. Drawing down another 3 days annual leave from Monday 23rd January – Wednesday 23rd January inclusive, will take you to Australia Day on the 26th of January. Drawing down one more day of leave on the Friday the 27th of January, will get you through to the weekend for a total of 9 days holidays.


April

  • 1st of April is a Saturday. Drawing down 4 days of annual leave from Monday the 3rd of April – Thursday the 6th of April will carry your holidays through to the Easter break. April 2023 Easter public holidays are between the Friday the 7th of April – Monday the 10th of April. Meaning that you could extend 4 days leave out to 10 days of holidays.

  • 22nd of April is a Saturday, with ANZAC Day falling on Tuesday 25th Drawing on 4 days of leave to cover you on Monday the 24th, Wednesday the 26th, Thursday the 27th and Friday the 28th takes you to the weekend. Making a total of another 9 days holiday if you choose.


June

  • 10th June is a Saturday. King’s Birthday (previously Queen’s) is on Monday the 12th of June. Drawing on 4 days of leave from the 13th of June – 16th of June inclusive carries your leave through to the weekend, giving you a total of another 9 days off.


December

  • As I have mentioned above in January 2023 holiday planning, you could also draw down on some leave days in December of 2022 between Christmas and New years to get a whopping 23 day’s break, and only using 7 days of leave. The same applies for planning your 23/24 Christmas holidays. Starting Saturday 23rd December and drawing down 3 days of leave between Wednesday the 27th – Friday the 29th. This will cover you until the weekend and New Year Day public holiday on the Monday.


Check out this calendar. I have saved leave days in red for you, to help you with your holiday/ leave plans.

 

 And here is the list of public holidays in 2023 in each State of Australia.


2023 Public Holiday Planner
2023 Public Holiday Planner

Australian Capital Territory

  • Sunday 1 January - New Year's Day

  • Monday 2 January - Additional public holiday for New Year's Day

  • Thursday 26 January - Australia Day

  • Monday 13 March - Canberra Day

  • Friday 7 April - Good Friday

  • Saturday 8 April - Easter Saturday

  • Sunday 9 April - Easter Sunday

  • Monday 10 April - Easter Monday

  • Tuesday 25 April - Anzac Day

  • Monday 29 May - Reconciliation Day

  • Monday 12 June - Queen's Birthday

  • Monday 2 October - Labour Day

  • Monday 25 December - Christmas Day

  • Tuesday 26 December - Boxing Day


New South Wales

  • Sunday 1 January - New Year's Day

  • Monday 2 January - Additional public holiday for New Year's Day

  • Thursday 26 January - Australia Day

  • Friday 7 April - Good Friday

  • Saturday 8 April - Easter Saturday

  • Sunday 9 April - Easter Sunday

  • Monday 10 April - Easter Monday

  • Tuesday 25 April - Anzac Day

  • Monday 12 June - King's Birthday

  • Monday 2 October - Labour Day

  • Monday 25 December - Christmas Day

  • Tuesday 26 December - Boxing Day


Northern Territory

  • Sunday 1 January - New Year's Day

  • Monday 2 January - Additional public holiday for New Year's Day

  • Thursday 26 January - Australia Day

  • Friday 7 April - Good Friday

  • Saturday 8 April - Easter Saturday

  • Monday 10 April - Easter Monday

  • Tuesday 25 April - Anzac Day

  • Monday 1 May - May Day

  • Monday 12 June - Queen's Birthday

  • Monday 7 August - Picnic Day

  • Sunday 24 December - Christmas Eve (from 7pm to midnight)

  • Monday 25 December - Christmas Day

  • Tuesday 26 December - Boxing Day

  • Sunday 31 December - New Year's Eve (from 7pm to midnight)


Queensland

  • Sunday 1 January - New Year's Day

  • Monday 2 January - Additional public holiday for New Year's Day

  • Thursday 26 January - Australia Day

  • Friday 7 April - Good Friday

  • Saturday 8 April - The day after Good Friday

  • Sunday 9 April - Easter Sunday

  • Monday 10 April - Easter Monday

  • Tuesday 25 April - Anzac Day

  • Monday 1 May - Labour Day

  • Wednesday 16 August - Royal Queensland Show (Brisbane area only)

  • Monday 2 October - King's Birthday

  • Sunday 24 December - Christmas Eve (from 6pm to midnight)

  • Monday 25 December - Christmas Day

  • Tuesday 26 December - Boxing Day


South Australia

  • Sunday 1 January - New Year's Day

  • Monday 2 January - Additional public holiday for New Year's Day

  • Thursday 26 January - Australia Day

  • Monday 13 March - Adelaide Cup Day (subject to proclamation)

  • Friday 7 April - Good Friday

  • Saturday 8 April - Easter Saturday

  • Monday 10 April - Easter Monday

  • Tuesday 25 April - Anzac Day

  • Monday 12 June - Queen's Birthday

  • Monday 2 October - Labour Day

  • Sunday 24 December - Christmas Eve (from 7pm to midnight)

  • Monday 25 December - Christmas Day

  • Tuesday 26 December - Boxing Day/Proclamation Day

  • Sunday 31 December - New Year's Eve (from 7pm to midnight)


Tasmania

  • Monday 2 January - New Year's Day (substitute day as New Year's Day falls on a weekend)

  • Thursday 26 January - Australia Day

  • Monday 13 February - Royal Hobart Regatta (only observed in certain areas of the state)

  • Monday 13 March - Eight Hours Day

  • Friday 7 April - Good Friday

  • Monday 10 April - Easter Monday

  • Tuesday 11 April - Easter Tuesday (generally Public Service only)

  • Tuesday 25 April - Anzac Day

  • Monday 12 June - King's Birthday

  • Monday 6 November - Recreation Day (all parts of the state which do not observe Royal Hobart Regatta)

  • Monday 25 December - Christmas Day

  • Tuesday 26 December - Boxing Day


Victoria

  • Sunday 1 January - New Year's Day

  • Monday 2 January - Additional public holiday for New Year's Day

  • Thursday 26 January - Australia Day

  • Monday 13 March - Labour Day

  • Friday 7 April - Good Friday

  • Saturday 8 April - Saturday before Easter Sunday

  • Sunday 9 April - Easter Sunday

  • Monday 10 April - Easter Monday

  • Tuesday 25 April - Anzac Day

  • Monday 12 June - King's Birthday

  • TBC - Friday before AFL Grand Final (subject to AFL schedule)

  • Tuesday 7 November - Melbourne Cup

  • Monday 25 December - Christmas Day

  • Tuesday 26 December - Boxing Day


Western Australia

  • Sunday 1 January - New Year's Day

  • Monday 2 January - Additional public holiday for New Year's Day

  • Thursday 26 January - Australia Day

  • Monday 6 March - Labour Day

  • Friday 7 April - Good Friday

  • Sunday 9 April - Easter Sunday

  • Monday 10 April - Easter Monday

  • Tuesday 25 April - Anzac Day

  • Monday 5 June - Western Australia Day

  • Monday 25 September - King's Birthday (Some regional areas in WA hold the King's Birthday public holiday on a different date)

  • Monday 25 December - Christmas Day

  • Tuesday 26 December - Boxing Day




Snorkelling Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia
Happy Holidays

This post was written by Me, as such they are my personal views and not financial or general advice.


You should always seek independent financial advice when it comes to choices about your personal finances. This is one area of your life where it’s worth paying for it to be done right.

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