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How to turn 20 days of annual leave into up to 58 days off

We've done the maths, and this is how to make the most of your annual leave in 2020.


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Ever wished you could have more time on holiday? Or that you didn't have to choose between a three-week Euro trip and a South America getaway?

With a bit of clever annual leave booking, you can maximise your days off and get 49 days or more of holiday time per year no matter which Australian state you live in.

It all comes down to careful planning around existing public holidays and long weekends. That and maxing out your 20 days of annual leave, which is the legal minimum for full-time employees in Australia.

Update: ACT has decided to celebrate ANZAC Day as a public holiday on Monday 27 April 2020, bringing its potential holiday count up from 55 to 58 days.

Choose your state to see the complete guide to maximising your annual leave:

What we found:

  • Those living in ACT are super lucky and can get the most days off per year (58). This is followed by Western Australia and Victoria with 55 days.
  • Those living in New South Wales and Queensland get the least.
  • You can have a whopping 16-day holiday with only 8 days of annual leave across Australia over the Easter long weekend.
  • All states offer enough time to go away at least 6 times in 2020.

Latest travel deals to use during your time off: