Holidays can be stressful. Especially when you don’t know if you get the day off.
Australia’s holiday system is separated by regions. Though domestic businesses may find it easy to navigate, international companies may not be aware. If you’ve unknowingly scheduled a meeting or international trip during holiday time, this kind of stuff can be frustrating and expensive.
We wanted to breakdown the confusing holiday system of Australia to help your small business go international. Whether you’re visiting or just making a call to a supplier, knowing when everyone’s taking a long weekend will help you out.
It’s not all complicated. There are holidays celebrated across the continent, and on its neighboring islands. Both religious and nation-specific, these holidays are recognized by the federal government and don’t require businesses to remain open.
And that’s it. Of Australia’s 26 yearly public holidays, only six are recognized across the continent. Now, some of these holidays are celebrated on different days depending on the state, which contributes to the grand 26-day total. So, with that, let’s check out the region-specific holidays that could impact domestic and international business operations.
Though this can also get complicated at the political level, Australia generally recognizes seven official regions. To help you understand the holiday system, we’ve listed the regions and their specific holidays. The same holiday will often show up in most regions, but may start on a different date. Don’t worry, we’re know.
Yes, you read that right. South Australians celebrate Proclamation Day in place of Boxing Day. The date celebrates the implementation of a government in Southern Australia as a British province. Apparently they care more about politics than shopping.
That was a lot. When it comes to complicated holidays, it seems Australia has everyone beat. Some of them can’t even agree on the Queen’s birthday.
If you’re doing business in Australia, think of it like the US. Knowing which region your partner is in is like knowing your own state. There are specific regulations and practices that other states don’t perform that can affect business, and knowing them is critical to doing business internationally.
After you’ve done business there for a while, these holidays will be easy to figure out. And besides, Australians are laid back. They won’t mind taking a call. After all, it’s a holiday.
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