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South Australia To Review Half-Day Public Holidays

Source: The Australian (Adelaide)
Posted: Monday, December 10, 2012
Updated: Monday, August 5, 2019


The Industrial Relations Minister of the Australian State of South Australia, Russell Wortley, has announced that his ministry had asked Fair Work Australia to review the 2 half-day public holidays declared as part of last spring's amendments to the Holidays Act 1910 (SA).

Last Spring (2012-03-22), the South Australian Government had passed the amendments to the Holidays Act 1910 (SA) that had been announced earlier the same month (2012-03-04), and which include part-day public holidays on Christmas Eve (December 24) and New Years Eve (December 31) as well as the removal of Sundays from the definition of what constitutes a non-working public holiday in the Australian state of South Australia. Note, however, that these new December 24 and December 31 public holidays only apply from 19:00 (7pm) to midnight.

Previous to that, the last change to the official list of non-working public holiday in the Australian state of South Australia had been in 2006, when the 2007 Adelaide Cup public holiday was moved from May to March (2006-08-31 and 2006-07-12) where it has stayed since then (2010-07-15, 2011-01-24, and 2011-03-14).

Since then, though, the public holidays review commissioned by South Australian Premier, Jay Weatherill, came back with recommendations that South Australian public holidays be changed to reduce the crowding of events in March (2012-09-13 and 2012-07-23). These recommended changes to the current Holidays Act 1910 (SA) would see the move of South Australia's Queen's Birthday public holiday from June to May, so that the annual Adelaide Cup could be run on a public holiday. The current Adelaide Cup public holiday in march would then be renamed as the Adelaide Festivals Day public holiday and remain in March.



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