VIC: How to turn this year’s 20 days of annual leave into 56 days off

Information verified correct on May 26th, 2017

Victorians, here’s how to hack your annual leave for 56 days of holiday in 2017.

Twenty days is the legal minimum for full-time employees in Australia, so this hack is possible for any full-time employee.  Just book the days off early, before your colleagues discover this super-simple idea too.

With some savvy trip-planning around weekends and a little bit of clever annual leave maths, you can actually get 56 days of holiday time from your standard 20 days of annual leave. We’re going to show you how.

But first, here’s what you could do with all that time off:

  • Two days to recuperate in the Mornington Peninsula post New Year’s Eve
  • A 4-day city break to Tokyo
  • Three days to hop over to Tasmania
  • 23 days to backpack around South America
  • A 3-day trip to TNQ in the chilly winter months
  • A long weekend in the Yarra Valley at the end of September
  • Nine days surfing in Bali
  • A 9-day Christmas break to visit family and friends

Take off the following days in italics as annual leave:


Sunday 1st

Monday 2nd (Public Holiday)

Total run: 2 days

Thursday 26th (Public Holidays - Australia Day)

Friday 27th

Saturday 28th

Sunday 29th

Total run: 4 days


Saturday 11th

Sunday 12th

Monday 13th (Public Holiday - Labour Day)

Total run: 3 days

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Saturday 8th

Sunday 9th

Monday 10th

Tuesday 11th

Wednesday 12th

Thursday 13th

Friday 14th (Public Holiday - Good Friday)

Saturday 15th

Sunday 16th

Monday 17th (Public Holiday - Easter Monday)

Tuesday 18th

Wednesday 19th

Thursday 20th

Friday 21st

Saturday 22nd

Sunday 23rd

Monday 24th

Tuesday 25th (Public Holiday - ANZAC Day)

Wednesday 26th

Thursday 27th

Friday 28th

Saturday 29th

Sunday 30th

Total run: 23 days


Saturday 10th

Sunday 11th

Monday 12th (Public Holiday - Queens Birthday)

Total run: 3 days

September & October

Friday 29th (Public Holiday - Friday before AFL Grand Final)

Saturday 30th

Sunday 1st

Total run: 3 days

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Saturday 4th

Sunday 5th

Monday 6th

Tuesday 7th (Public Holiday - Melbourne Cup)

Wednesday 8th

Thursday 9th

Friday 10th

Saturday 11th

Sunday 12th

Total run: 9 days


Saturday 23rd

Sunday 24th

Monday 25th (Public Holiday - Christmas Day)

Tuesday 26th (Public Holiday - Boxing Day)

Wednesday 27th

Thursday 28th

Friday 29th

Saturday 30th

Sunday 31st

Total run: 9 days

That's a lot of time off to plan.

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4 Responses to VIC: How to turn this year’s 20 days of annual leave into 56 days off

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    raz | February 2, 2016

    on your article it states that 18th of March is a saturday, when it lands on the Friday.

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      Stephanie | February 5, 2016

      Hi Raz,

      Thanks for the spot. That has been fixed now.


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      | November 4, 2016

      Can you update for 2017? And add South Australia?

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      Harold | November 17, 2016

      Hello Paul,

      Thank you for your question.

      Basically, the content will be updated for 2017 and will be published in January this year. The 2017 versions will like to come out in December, early January at the latest.

      I hope this information has helped.


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