2017/18 Christmas Closedown


You may be aware the 2018 Christmas arrangements are contained in a NSW Health information bulletin IB2016_050. There is also a NSW Premier's Memorandum dealing with the Christmas Closedown which can be found here. 

The Christmas closedown period for 2017/2018 is Monday 25 December 2017 – Friday 5 January 2018 (inclusive).

During this period there are four Public Holidays on the following dates:

  1. Christmas Day is on Monday 25 December
  2. Boxing Day is on Tuesday 26 December
  3. The Additional Public Holiday is on Friday 29 December, except for NSW Ambulance who will get the additional public holiday on Wednesday 27 December.
  4. New Year’s Day is on Monday 1 January

NOTE: The Additional Public Holiday is an Award entitlement providing an additional paid public holiday for NSW Health staff.

What will happen for the other seven days?

ASMOF members not involved in the delivery of necessary services will be encouraged to take leave over the closedown period.

Your manager should talk with you about your options and will encourage you to take leave.

Managers will be encouraged to release staff wherever possible and appropriate.

Frontline services will not be shut down and this means that closedown arrangements will vary across health organisations.

Some health services will close completely, others may be run by a skeleton staff, while others will remain fully operational. Chief executives will decide the extent of the closedown case by case.

ASMOF encourages members to take your leave over the holiday period. But, even if where you work is closing over this period, this does not mean you can necessarily be directed to take annual leave to cover the close down period. You may only be directed to take annual leave in very limited circumstances.

You cannot be directed to take Long Service leave under any circumstances. Long Service Leave shall be taken at a time mutually arranged between you and the employer.

If you do not wish to take leave the LHD must find a reasonable alternative work arrangement for you.

What can the Union do for me if I have a problem?

If there is evidence that management has tried to direct you to take annul leave contrary to the provisions of the Award you should contact ASMOF.