Normally in the NT if Boxing Day falls on a Saturday, the holiday is observed on the Monday, with people expected to work on the Saturday, if they no public holiday penalty rates.
Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner is changing that situation this year, making both the Saturday and the Monday public holidays, explaining that the extra day off would “recognise and reward the Territory workers who have made extraordinary contributions to the Territory’s survival and success this year.”
“The Northern Territory is one of only three jurisdictions that doesn’t recognise both the Saturday and the Monday as public holidays,” he said.
“For 2020, we will join the majority of states and territories in Australia by making both Saturday 26 December and Monday 28 December public holidays.
“The Government will enact a legislative instrument to declare Saturday 26 December a public holiday. This arrangement will mean the Territory’s public holidays over this period are the same as New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and the ACT.
“Our frontline staff, hospitality and retail workers have gone above and beyond in delivering for Territorians this year – protecting us, caring for us, and serving us.”
What do you generally do on Boxing Day?