How to turn your 20 days of annual leave into 55 days of holidays in Victoria

Victorians, here’s how to hack your annual leave for 55 days of holidays in 2019.

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 55 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.


Saturday 29 December

Sunday 30 December

Monday 31 December

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

  • Holiday length: 1 day in 2019 (4 days altogether)
  • Annual leave used: 0 days (1 day used in 2018)
  • Holiday suggestion: Spend your long weekend recovering from the Christmas festivities and a big night out on the town on New Year's Eve

Saturday 26 January

Sunday 27 January

Monday 28 January (Public holiday: Australia Day)


Saturday 9 March

Sunday 10 March

Monday 11 March (Public holiday: Labour Day)


Saturday 13 April

Sunday 14 April

Monday 15 April

Tuesday 16 April

Wednesday 17 April

Thursday 18 April

Friday 19 April (Public holiday: Good Friday)

Saturday 20 April

Sunday 21 April

Monday 22 April (Public holiday: Easter Monday)

Tuesday 23 April

Wednesday 24 April

Thursday 25 April (Public holiday: ANZAC Day)

Friday 26 April

Saturday 27 April

Sunday 28 April

  • Holiday length: 16 days
  • Annual leave used: 7 days
  • Holiday suggestion: Be adventurous and spend a fortnight in South America: LATAM and Air New Zealand typically offer cheap flights and G Adventures has a wealth of tours to choose from


Saturday 8 June

Sunday 9 June

Monday 10 June (Public holiday: Queen's Birthday)

Tuesday 11 June

Wednesday 12 June

Thursday 13 June

Friday 14 June

Saturday 15 June

Sunday 16 June


Friday 27 September (Public holiday: AFL Grand Final Friday)

Saturday 28 September

Sunday 29 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 2 November

Sunday 3 November

Monday 4 November

Tuesday 5 November (Public holiday: Melbourne Cup Day)

Wednesday 6 November

Thursday 7 November

Friday 8 November

Saturday 9 November

Sunday 10 November


Saturday 21 December

Sunday 22 December

Monday 23 December

Tuesday 24 December

Wednesday 25 December (Public holiday: Christmas Day)

Thursday 26 December (Public holiday: Boxing Day)

Friday 27 December

Saturday 28 December

Sunday 29 December

Monday 30 December

Tuesday 31 December

  • Holiday length: 11 days
  • Annual leave used: 5 days
  • Holiday suggestion: Pick one of these New Year's Eve destinations and raise a glass to 2020


  • Total holiday days: 55 days in 2019 (or 58 days when you include a few December 2018 days)
  • Annual leave used: 20 days

That's a lot of time off to plan.

Keep an eye on our Boxing Day flight sales to get these holidays booked.

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Stephanie Yip

Stef is the Travel Editor at finder.com.au and has been writing about travel for over a decade. She's visited over 50 countries and has had some incredible experiences, including hot air ballooning over Cappadocia, hitchhiking across Romania and seeing the Northern Lights (twice!). And while she’d never say no to a luxury escape, she's far more likely to stretch her travel dollars as far as they can go by keeping her ear to the ground for unbeatable travel bargains. And she'll tell you all about them, too! Stef has had articles featured on Travel Weekly, Escape and Hostelworld.

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    razFebruary 2, 2016

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

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      StephanieFebruary 5, 2016Staff

      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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      HaroldNovember 17, 2016Staff

      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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