Ballina Cup Day 2018 and 2019 Feedback on Holiday arrangements

The Ballina Jockey Club has asked for Council support in applying to the Minister for Industrial Relations for a local event day for the 2018 and 2019 Ballina Cup Days. The suggested dates are Thursday 6 September 2018 and Thursday 5 September 2019.

Council is required to gauge the potential impact the application will have on businesses and communities in the Shire, prior to it making a decision on whether to apply for a local event day or public holiday. It is expected that Council will make a decision on whether to apply to the Minister, at its 26 October Ordinary meeting.

A copy of the guidelines for Local Public Holidays and Local Event Day Applications is available on Council’s website. The differences between a Local Public Holiday and a Local Event Day are listed below.

Local Public Holiday - Implications for Employers

The public holiday provisions contained in the National Employment Standards of the Fair Work Act 2009 apply to local public holidays declared under the Public Holidays Act 2010.  This means that all employees irrespective of their former entitlements and whose place of work is within a local public holiday area will be entitled to be absent from work for the day or part day declared to be a public holiday.  In addition, employees who work on the day or part day may have an entitlement to penalty rates under a relevant award of enterprise agreement.

Local Event Day - Implications for Employers

A declared local event day does not automatically mean that employers in the particular locality are compelled to treat the day as a public holiday. Entitlements to paid leave or penalty rates on a local event day will only arise where agreed to at the workplace level, usually in the form of an enterprise agreement or by contract. This goes some way to restoring the industrial arrangements that existed prior to changes in the Commonwealth workplace laws.  Importantly this is not a local public holiday.

Council has for the past two years, applied for and had declared a Local Event Day for the Ballina Cup.

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Submissions close: Friday 13 October 2017

Any submissions made are publicly available documents, and as such they may be listed on Council's website and/or included in business paper reports to Councillors. If you request confidentiality please advise in your submission.

Enquiries:  Sandra Bailey 6686 1273.

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