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How To Turn Your Annual Leave Into Even More Time Off

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While everyone will likely agree that travel in 2020 didn’t pan out how anyone expected, the prospect of booking in your trips for 2021 is looking brighter. Having a break or getaway to look forward to has widely-touted benefits (it’s even been coined ‘pre-trip happiness’), no matter if it is an escape on a pre-determined long weekend or a holiday of your own making using annual leave.

There are ample opportunities in 2021 for you to maximise your annual leave entitlements, and you only need some advanced planning to transform those 20 days into upwards of 40 days off!

Here, we outline some potential dates for you to request time off. The state-by-state recommendations below use up the full 20 days of annual leave entitlement, but there are plenty of other combination possibilities – especially if you’d like to turn an Easter or Christmas break into an extra-long getaway. Happy holidaying!

VICTORIA:

January: Australia Day

Use Annual Leave For:
Monday 25 January

Annual leave taken: 1 day
Total holiday: 4 days (Saturday 23 to Tuesday 26 January)

April: Easter

Use Annual Leave For:
Monday 29 March to Thursday 1 April

Annual leave taken: 4 days
Total holiday: 10 days (Saturday 27 March to Monday 5 April)

June: Queen’s Birthday

Use Annual Leave For:
Tuesday 15 to Friday 18 June

Annual leave taken: 4 days
Total holiday: 9 days (Saturday 12 to Sunday 20 June)

November: Melbourne Cup

Use Annual Leave For:
Monday 1 November, Wednesday 3 November to Friday 5 November

Annual leave taken: 4 days
Total holiday: 9 days (Saturday 30 October to Sunday 7 November)

December: Christmas and New Year’s Eve

Use Annual Leave For:
Tuesday 21 – Friday 24 December, Wednesday 29 to Friday 31 December

Annual leave taken: 7 days
Total holiday: 13 days (Tuesday 21 December to Monday 3 January 2022)

TOTAL DAYS TAKEN IN 2020: 20
TOTAL DAYS HOLIDAY: 45

NEW SOUTH WALES:

January: Australia Day

Use Annual Leave For:
Monday 25 January

Annual leave taken: 1 day
Total holiday: 4 days (Saturday 23 to Tuesday 26 January)

April: Easter

Use Annual Leave For:
Monday 29 March to Thursday 1 April

Annual leave taken: 4 days
Total holiday: 10 days (Saturday 27 March to Monday 5 April)

June: Queen’s Birthday

Use Annual Leave For:
Tuesday 15 to Friday 18 June

Annual leave taken: 4 days
Total holiday: 9 days (Saturday 12 to Sunday 20 June)

October: Labour Day

Use Annual Leave For:
Tuesday 5 to Friday 8 October

Annual leave taken: 4 days
Total holiday: 9 days (Saturday 2 to Sunday 10 October)

December: Christmas and New Year’s Eve

Use Annual Leave For:
Tuesday 21 – Friday 24 December, Wednesday 29 to Friday 31 December

Annual leave taken: 7 days
Total holiday: 13 days (Tuesday 21 December to Monday 3 January 2022)

TOTAL DAYS TAKEN IN 2020: 20
DAYS HOLIDAY: 45

QUEENSLAND:

January: Australia Day

Use Annual Leave For:
Monday 25 January

Annual leave taken: 1 day
Total holiday: 4 days (Saturday 23 to Tuesday 26 January)

April: Easter

Use Annual Leave For:
Monday 29 March to Thursday 1 April

Annual leave taken: 4 days
Total holiday: 10 days (Saturday 27 March to Monday 5 April)

April/May: ANZAC and Labour Day

Use Annual Leave For:
Tuesday 27 to Friday 30 April

Annual leave taken: 4 days
Total holiday: 10 days (Saturday 24 April to Monday 3 May)

August: Royal Queensland Show (Ekka, Brisbane only)

Use Annual Leave For:
Monday 9 to Tuesday 10 August, Thursday 12 to Friday 13 August

Annual leave taken: 4 days
Total holiday: 9 days (Saturday 7 to Sunday 15 August)

December: Christmas and New Year’s Eve

Use Annual Leave For:
Tuesday 21 – Friday 24 December, Wednesday 29 to Friday 31 December

Annual leave taken: 7 days
Total holiday: 13 days (Tuesday 21 December to Monday 3 January 2022)

TOTAL DAYS TAKEN IN 2020: 20
DAYS HOLIDAY: 46

SOUTH AUSTRALIA:

January: Australia Day

Use Annual Leave For:
Monday 25 January

Annual leave taken: 1 day
Total holiday: 4 days (Saturday 23 to Tuesday 26 January)

April: Easter

Use Annual Leave For:
Monday 29 March to Thursday 1 April

Annual leave taken: 4 days
Total holiday: 10 days (Saturday 27 March to Monday 5 April)

June: Queen’s Birthday

Use Annual Leave For:
Tuesday 15 to Friday 18 June

Annual leave taken: 4 days
Total holiday: 9 days (Saturday 12 to Sunday 20 June)

October: Labour Day

Use Annual Leave For:
Tuesday 5 to Friday 8 October

Annual leave taken: 4 days
Total holiday: 9 days (Saturday 2 to Sunday 10 October)

December: Christmas and New Year’s Eve

Use Annual Leave For:
Tuesday 21 – Friday 24 December, Wednesday 29 to Friday 31 December

Annual leave taken: 7 days
Total holiday: 13 days (Tuesday 21 December to Monday 3 January 2022)

TOTAL DAYS TAKEN IN 2020: 20
DAYS HOLIDAY: 45

WESTERN AUSTRALIA:

January: Australia Day

Use Annual Leave For:
Monday 25 January

Annual leave taken: 1 day
Total holiday: 4 days (Saturday 23 to Tuesday 26 January)

April: Easter

Use Annual Leave For:
Monday 29 March to Thursday 1 April

Annual leave taken: 4 days
Total holiday: 10 days (Saturday 27 March to Monday 5 April)

April: ANZAC Day

Use Annual Leave For:
Tuesday 27 to Friday 30 April

Annual leave taken: 4 days
Total holiday: 9 days (Saturday 25 March to Sunday 2 May)

June: Western Australia Day

Use Annual Leave For:
Tuesday 8 to Friday 11 June

Annual leave taken: 4 days
Total holiday: 9 days (Saturday 5 to Sunday 13 June)

December: Christmas and New Year’s Eve

Use Annual Leave For:
Tuesday 21 – Friday 24 December, Wednesday 29 to Friday 31 December

Annual leave taken: 7 days
Total holiday: 13 days (Tuesday 21 December to Monday 3 January 2022)

TOTAL DAYS TAKEN IN 2020: 20
DAYS HOLIDAY: 45

TASMANIA:

January: Australia Day

Use Annual Leave For:
Monday 25 January

Annual leave taken: 1 day
Total holiday: 4 days (Saturday 23 to Tuesday 26 January)

March: Eight Hours Day

Use Annual Leave For:
Tuesday 9 to Friday 12 March

Annual leave taken: 4 days
Total holiday: 9 days (Saturday 6 to Sunday 14 March)

April: Easter

Use Annual Leave For:
Monday 29 March to Thursday 1 April

Annual leave taken: 4 days
Total holiday: 10 days (Saturday 27 March to Monday 5 April)

June: Queen’s Birthday

Use Annual Leave For:
Tuesday 15 to Friday 18 June

Annual leave taken: 4 days
Total holiday: 9 days (Saturday 12 to Sunday 20 June)

December: Christmas and New Year’s Eve

Use Annual Leave For:
Tuesday 21 – Friday 24 December, Wednesday 29 to Friday 31 December

Annual leave taken: 7 days
Total holiday: 13 days (Tuesday 21 December to Monday 3 January 2022)

TOTAL DAYS TAKEN IN 2020: 20
DAYS HOLIDAY: 45

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY:

January: Australia Day

Use Annual Leave For:
Monday 25 January

Annual leave taken: 1 day
Total holiday: 4 days (Saturday 23 to Tuesday 26 January)

March: Canberra Day

Use Annual Leave For:
Tuesday 9 to Friday 12 March

Annual leave taken: 4 days
Total holiday: 9 days (Saturday 6 to Sunday 14 March)

April: Easter

Use Annual Leave For:
Monday 29 March to Thursday 1 April

Annual leave taken: 4 days
Total holiday: 10 days (Saturday 27 March to Monday 5 April)

June: Queen’s Birthday

Use Annual Leave For:
Tuesday 15 to Friday 18 June

Annual leave taken: 4 days
Total holiday: 9 days (Saturday 12 to Sunday 20 June)

December: Christmas and New Year’s Eve

Use Annual Leave For:
Tuesday 21 – Friday 24 December, Wednesday 29 to Friday 31 December

Annual leave taken: 7 days
Total holiday: 13 days (Tuesday 21 December to Monday 3 January 2022)

TOTAL DAYS TAKEN IN 2020: 20
DAYS HOLIDAY: 45

NORTHERN TERRITORY:

January: Australia Day

Use Annual Leave For:
Monday 25 January

Annual leave taken: 1 day
Total holiday: 4 days (Saturday 23 to Tuesday 26 January)

April: Easter

Use Annual Leave For:
Monday 29 March to Thursday 1 April

Annual leave taken: 4 days
Total holiday: 10 days (Saturday 27 March to Monday 5 April)

April/May: ANZAC Day and May Day

Use Annual Leave For:
Tuesday 27 to Friday 30 April, Tuesday 4 to Friday 7 May

Annual leave taken: 8 days
Total holiday: 16 days (Saturday 24 April to Sunday 9 May)

December: Christmas and New Year’s Eve

Use Annual Leave For:
Tuesday 21 – Friday 24 December, Wednesday 29 to Friday 31 December

Annual leave taken: 7 days
Total holiday: 13 days (Tuesday 21 December to Monday 3 January 2022)

TOTAL DAYS TAKEN IN 2019: 20
DAYS HOLIDAY: 43

Ready to put in your annual leave requests now? The next step is booking in those holidays; start by searching and booking for cheap flights with Webjet. 

Feature image: Photo by Frank Vex on Unsplash.

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