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How to turn your 20 days of annual leave into 58 days of holidays in Victoria

Victorians, here’s how to hack your annual leave for 58 days of holidays in 2022.

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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, this year you can actually get 58 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.

January:

Saturday 1 January (New Year's Day)

Sunday 2 January

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

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

Saturday 22 January

Sunday 23 January

Monday 24 January

Tuesday 25 January

Wednesday 26 January (Public holiday: Australia Day)

Thursday 27 January

Friday 28 January

Saturday 29 January

Sunday 30 January

  • Holiday length: 9 days
  • Annual leave used: 4 days
  • Holiday suggestion: Drive up to Sydney, we know of an itinerary for 7 days that will let you take in all the sites and give you plenty of time for the drive home.

March:

Saturday 12 March

Sunday 13 March

Monday 14 March (Public holiday: Labour Day)


April and May:

Saturday 9 April

Sunday 10 April

Monday 11 April

Tuesday 12 April

Wednesday 13 April

Thursday 14 April

Friday 15 April (Public holiday: Good Friday)

Saturday 16 April

Sunday 17 April

Monday 18 April (Public holiday: Easter Monday)

Tuesday 19 April

Wednesday 20 April

Thursday 21 April

Friday 22 April

Saturday 23 April

Sunday 24 April

Monday 25 April (Public holiday: Anzac Day)

Tuesday 26 April

Wednesday 27 April

Thursday 28 April

Friday 29 April

Saturday 30 April

Sunday 1 May

  • Holiday length: 23 days
  • Annual leave used: 12 days
  • Holiday suggestion: Stretch out under the Pacific sunshine with a trip to some of our closest Pacific neighbours. Will it be Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu or the Cook Islands?

June:

Saturday 11 June

Sunday 12 June

Monday 13 June (Public holiday: Queen's Birthday)

  • Holiday length: 3 days
  • Annual leave used: 0 days
  • Holiday suggestion: No need to use any annual leave days for this one, save money for your trips and enjoy a staycation.

September, October and November:

Friday 30 September (Public holiday: AFL Grand Final Friday – specific date TBC)

Saturday 1 October

Sunday 2 October

  • Holiday length: 3 days
  • Annual leave used: 0 days
  • Holiday suggestion: With just a few days off plan a Victorian road trip for a change of scene.

Saturday 29 October

Sunday 30 October

Monday 31 October

Tuesday 2 November (Public holiday: Melbourne Cup Day)

  • Holiday length: 4 days
  • Annual leave used: 1 day
  • Holiday suggestion: Book a hotel early to enjoy the Cup or escape to Adelaide for a few days.

December and January:

Saturday 24 December

Sunday 25 December (Christmas Day)

Monday 26 December (Public holiday: Christmas Day observed)

Tuesday 27 December (Public holiday: Boxing Day observed)

Wednesday 28 December

Thursday 29 December

Friday 30 December

Saturday 31 December

Sunday 1 January 2023 (New Year's Day)

Monday 2 January 2023 (Public holiday: New Year's Day observed)

  • Holiday length: 10 days (including New Year's public holiday on 2 January)
  • Annual leave used: 3 days
  • Holiday suggestion: Pick 1 of these New Year's Eve destinations and raise a glass to 2022.

Totals:

  • Total holiday days: 58 days
  • Annual leave used: 20 days

That's a lot of time off to plan.

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