Christmas/New Year closures and calculating business days

November 25, 2014 - 3:04pm

OIC confirms that only notified public holidays do not count when calculating due dates.  For the 2014/2015 Christmas/New Year period, the following days are public holidays:

  • Christmas Day Public Holiday -  Thursday 25 December 2014
  • Boxing Day Public Holiday -  Friday 26 December 2014
  • New Year’s Day Public Holiday- Thursday 1 January 2015  

All other weekdays in this period, besides those listed above, are business days and must be counted when working out due dates, even if your agency is closed.

Agencies and Ministers need to ensure that any due dates which fall during this period are carefully calculated.  In some circumstances it may be necessary to contact applicants and ask for a further specified period before a deemed decision is taken to have been made.

If you have any queries please contact the OIC Enquiries Service on 3234 7373 or email