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VTIC’s position on proposed new public holidays

22 /04/ 2015 Comments are Closed
AFL Grand Final Parade
Photo credit: www.flickr.com/fifikins

As we approach ANZAC Day, it is timely to mention the topic of public holidays.

With the State Government maintaining its pre-election commitment to introduce a public holiday on the Friday before the AFL Grand Final and to re-introduce Easter Sunday as a public holiday, Victoria will have 13 public holidays each year, the most of any state in Australia. This has significant implications for productivity and comes at a high cost to businesses, which pay dearly whether or not they choose to open.

On ‘Grand Final Friday’, the cost to pay many of Victoria’s almost two million full-time employees not to come to work could reach $543 million for the day. Additional wages for the retail, accommodation, food services and recreation industries are estimated to cost small business owners $105 million for the two holidays, as wages can be 50 per cent higher on Easter Sunday and 150 per cent higher on Grand Final Eve. They face the difficult choice between remaining open and paying incredibly high penalty rates, or closing and losing sales or production.

VTIC does not support the additional public holidays and has expressed this view to Government. Other commentators have also expressed concerns, specifically about the impact of the proposed Grand Final Friday public holiday on the AFL Grand Final Parade.

VTIC urges the Government to carefully consider impacts on business, especially small business, when making future decisions in respect of public holidays.

VTIC

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VTIC

The peak body for Victoria's tourism and events industry, VTIC represents key industry associations and operators, with over 1400 members.

Events

march

26mar9:00 am5:00 pmDestination Melbourne presents: Aboriginal Tourism Workshop9:00 am - 5:00 pm Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders

28mar12:00 pm4:00 pmVictorian Chamber Presents: AFLW Grand Final Lunch12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Marvel Stadium

april

03apr6:00 pm8:00 pmVTIC Spotlight on a Member at Melbourne Sealife Aquarium with Party Higher6:00 pm - 8:00 pm SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

17apr10:30 am11:30 amVTIC Webinar Series - Skills of the Visitor Economy10:30 am - 11:30 am Online

may

01may12:00 pm2:30 pmVictorian Chamber and Melbourne Press Club present: Post-budget lunch with Tim Pallas MP12:00 pm - 2:30 pm The Grand Ballroom, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins

08may6:00 pm8:00 pmSpotlight on a Member- Save the Date - Melbourne Cricket Ground6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

22may10:30 am11:30 amVTIC Webinar Series - Save the Date10:30 am - 11:30 am Online

30may9:00 am5:00 pmDestination Melbourne presents: Destination Melbourne LIVE9:00 am - 5:00 pm Arts Centre Melbourne - The Pavilion

june

05jun5:30 pm7:30 pmSpotlight on a Member- Floyd’s Aperitivo Bar5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

19jun10:30 am11:30 amVTIC Webinar Series - Save the Date10:30 am - 11:30 am Online

july

17julallday18allday2019 Vic Tourism Conference(All Day) GMHBA Stadium

august

21augallday23allday2019 Victorian Visitor Information Services Summit(All Day) Holmesglen at Eildon

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