Maximise Your Annual Leave in 2022 | Main Region
Our annual leave hacks: best time to take a holiday in 2023
We look at how to achieve the maximum possible downtime by taking advantage of public holidays and weekends. With these annual leave hacks for 2023, you’ll return to work recharged and ready to perform at your best.
Annual leave and public holidays
Here are some of the best dates to book.
Maximise your annual leave 2023
Christmas 2022 and New Year’s 2023 – book three days and get 10
Book three days annual leave: Take three days’ annual leave on Wednesday, 28 December, Thursday, 29 December and Friday, 30 December before New Year's Eve.
Your 10-day break: You’ll enjoy a 10-day break, from Saturday, 24 December, 2022 through to Monday, 2 January, 2023.
Australia Day 2023 – book four days and get nine
Book four days annual leave: Take annual leave from 23-25 January and then 27 January on the Friday.
Your nine-day break: For four days annual leave, you’ll enjoy a nine-day break, from Saturday, 21 January all the way through to Sunday, 29 January.
Easter 2023 – book four days and get 10
Your 10-day break: You’ll enjoy a 10-day break from Saturday, 1 April through to Monday, 10 April.
Anzac Day 2023 – book four days and get nine
Book four days annual leave: Book annual leave on 24 April as well as from 26-28 April.
Your nine-day break: This gives you a total of nine days off from 22-30 April.
Labour Day 2023 – book four days and get nine
Book four days annual leave and get a nine-day break: By taking four days of annual leave the week Labour Day falls in your state or territory, you'll benefit from a nine-day break.
Kings’s Birthday 2023 – book four days and get nine
Book four days annual leave and get a nine-day break: Like Labour Day, by setting up your annual leave around the public holiday, you'll enjoy nine days off. Or you could use one day of leave on the previous Friday to have a four-day weekend.
Christmas 2023 and New Year’s 2024 – book three days and get 10
Book three days annual leave: Take three days’ annual leave from 27-29 December.
Your 10-day break: This will bring your total days off to 10, letting you enjoy and extended break over the summer, from Saturday, 23 December through to Tuesday, 2 January.
What annual leave am I entitled to and how much annual leave can I accrue?
In Australia, the first official annual leave entitlement dates back to 1906. It became more widespread under federal awards between the 1930s and 1970s and has been ingrained in Australian work culture ever since.
Why take annual leave, exactly?
The World Health Organisation recognises burnout as an “’occupational phenomenon”. Burnout syndrome, it states, is the result of chronic workplace stress unsuccessfully managed. Symptoms include:
- Feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion
- Mental distance from work
- More negative feelings or cynicism regarding one’s job
- Decreased professional efficacy