Ekka Show Holiday 2020
This year with the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced a one-off move to change the Ekka Public Holiday from Wednesday 12 August to Friday 14 August for 2020. This change has been supported by the RNA (Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland) due to the Ekka not going ahead this year.
The idea behind this change is to permit Queenslanders to take this day and turn it into a long weekend and go and see some areas of Queensland to help reinvigorate the tourism industry. "For 144 years the Ekka has been the time when the country comes to the city. This year, I call on all of us in the city to go to the bush, go to the beach or have a break and support our tourism industry,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
Local councils may have the opportunity to move their show day that is normally scheduled for this week. At time of writing, the following councils are still scheduled to have their local public holiday for Monday 10 August:
What does this mean for your employees?
As this amendment is an initiative from the Queensland Government, this means for part time employees, they will only be entitled to the Ekka public holiday if they ordinarily work on a Friday for this year. If your business has a part time employee who ordinarily works on a Wednesday, they will no longer be entitled to the Ekka Public Holiday for 2020.
For any questions or queries relating to public holidays or employment conditions, please contact our Workplace Relations Team on 3273 0800.