How to get the most from your annual leave in 2024

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A Guide To Maximizing Your Annual Leave in 2024

As we bid farewell to 2023, what better way to kick off the new year than by planning how to make the most of your 2024 annual leave? With a bit of pre-planning, you can carve out well-deserved blocks of time for relaxation and adventure. Here’s a guide to help you achieve just that, with a few caveats to keep in mind:

Check Your Work Requirements:

Ensure that your job doesn’t demand work on national or state public holidays for these dates to be effective. Additionally, note that dates may vary across states due to differences in public holidays.

Using a little pre-planning, you can use your annual leave to get some well-earned blocks of time off in 2024.

And we’re going to show you how.

Okay lets go!

January: Book four days leave for nine days off

Already run down by the end of January? You can enjoy yourself a lovely start-of-year holiday at the end of the month thanks to the January 26 holiday falling on a Friday.

To secure time off from:

Saturday, January 20 — Sunday, January 28

Book annual leave on these dates:

Monday, January 22

Tuesday, January 23

Wednesday, January 24

Thursday, January 25

March/April: Book eight days leave for 16 days off

Ah, the bliss of Easter falling in March. Take advantage of the bunny hopping along early in 2024 to turn eight days of annual leave into over half a month of time off.

To secure time off from:

Saturday, March 23 — Sunday, April 7

Book annual leave on these dates:

Monday, March 25

Tuesday, March 26

Wednesday, March 27

Thursday, March 28

Tuesday, April 2 (Tasmanians can skip this day thanks to their Easter Tuesday holiday)

Wednesday, April 3

Thursday, April 4

Friday, April 5

June: Book four days leave for nine days off

This hack is built around the King’s Birthday holiday on Monday, June 10.

Sorry, Queensland and Western Australia you won’t be able to get on board with this one.

But you can use the same configuration for your state’s King’s Birthday holiday in October for Queensland and September for WA. Not forgetting WA Foundation Day in the first weekend of June as well!

To secure time off from:

Saturday, June 8 — Sunday, June 16

Book annual leave on these dates:

Tuesday, June 11

Wednesday, June 12

Thursday, June 13

December/January 2025: book seven days leave for 14 days off

Annnnnnd we’re back to Christmas!

To secure time off from:

Saturday, December 21 — Sunday, January 5

Book annual leave on these dates:

Monday, December 23

Tuesday, December 24 (part public holiday applies in the NT and SA from 7pm to midnight on this day)

Friday, December 27

Monday, December 30

Tuesday, December 31 (part public holiday applies in the NT and SA from 7pm to midnight on this day)

Thursday, January 2

Friday, January 3

Quick tip!

You can pull the four days annual leave for nine days off for most public holidays that fall on a Monday or Friday.

For example, Northern Territory’s Picnic Day holiday falls on Monday August 5. Take August 6, 7, 8 and 9 off to enjoy a prolonged break.

Make sure you take a look at when your state’s unique public holidays fall to maximise your leave.

You can check your state public holidays on the Fair Work Ombudsman website.

When is Easter in 2024?

Unlike Christmas Day, which is on the same date every year, Easter can move around from year to year.

In 2024, Easter is coming early with Good Friday falling on March 29, Easter Sunday on March 31 and Easter Monday on April 1.

Technically Easter can fall any time between March 25 and April 25. The reason it moves every year actually has to do with the Moon.

In 325AD the first major church council, the Council of Nicaea, determined that Easter should fall on the Sunday following the first full moon after the spring equinox.

That is why the date moves and why Easter festivities are often referred to as “moveable feasts” — we’re all waiting for the Moon to be juuuuust right.

Have fun planning your next break away…..with how to get the most from your annual leave in 2024

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