How to turn your 20 days of annual leave into 57 days of holidays in Victoria

Victorians, here’s how to hack your annual leave for 57 days of holidays in 2021.

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

With some savvy trip planning around weekends and public holidays and a little bit of clever maths, you can actually get 57 days of holiday time from your standard 20 days of annual leave. Here's how to do it.

When to plan your holidays:

Book in annual leave for the days in italics. The other days are either weekends or public holidays.


Friday 1 January (Public holiday: New Year's Day)

Saturday 2 January

Sunday 3 January

  • Holiday length: 3 days
  • Annual leave used: 0 days
  • Holiday suggestion: Use those days to unwind and drive the Great Ocean Road

Saturday 23 January

Sunday 24 January

Monday 25 January

Tuesday 26 January (Public holiday: Australia Day)


Saturday 6 March

Sunday 7 March

Monday 8 March (Public holiday: Labour Day)

March and April:

Saturday 27 March

Sunday 28 March

Monday 29 March

Tuesday 30 March

Wednesday 31 March

Thursday 1 April

Friday 2 April (Public holiday: Good Friday)

Saturday 3 April

Sunday 4 April

Monday 5 April (Public holiday: Easter Monday)

Tuesday 6 April

Wednesday 7 April

Thursday 8 April

Friday 9 April

Saturday 10 April

Sunday 11 April

  • Holiday length: 16 days
  • Annual leave used: 8 days
  • Holiday suggestion: Stretch out under the Pacific sunshine with a trip to some of our closest Pacific islands. Will it be Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu or the Cook Islands?


Saturday 12 June

Sunday 13 June

Monday 14 June (Public holiday: Queen's Birthday)

Tuesday 15 June

Wednesday 16 June

Thursday 17 June

Friday 18 June

Saturday 19 June

Sunday 20 June


Friday 24 September (Public holiday: AFL Grand Final Friday – specific date TBC)

Saturday 25 September

Sunday 26 September

  • Holiday length: 3 days
  • Annual leave used: 0 days
  • Holiday suggestion: Spend your Friday off at your mate's house or the local pub


Saturday 29 October

Sunday 30 October

Monday 1 November

Tuesday 2 November (Public holiday: Melbourne Cup Day)

Wednesday 3 November

Thursday 4 November

Friday 5 November

Saturday 6 November

Sunday 7 November

  • Holiday length: 9 days
  • Annual leave used: 4 days
  • Holiday suggestion: Fly up to Japan and experience the country in late autumn


Saturday 25 December

Sunday 26 December

Monday 27 December (Public holiday: Christmas Day)

Tuesday 28 December (Public holiday: Boxing Day)

Wednesday 29 December

Thursday 30 December

Friday 31 December

Saturday 1 January

Sunday 2 January

Monday 3 January (Public holiday: New Year's Day)

  • Holiday length: 10 days (including New Year's public holiday on 1 January and the weekend of 1–2 January 2021)
  • Annual leave used: 3 days
  • Holiday suggestion: Pick one of these New Year's Eve destinations and raise a glass to 2021


  • Total holiday days: 57 days
  • Annual leave used: 20 days

That's a lot of time off to plan.

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