Christmas/New Year Timeframes

December 19, 2018 - 4:21pm

When agencies are calculating timeframes for the Christmas/New Year period, OIC confirms that only notified public holidays do not count when working out decision due dates.

For the 2018/2019 Christmas/New Year period, the following days are public holidays:

  • Christmas Day Public Holiday – Tuesday 25 December 2018
  • Boxing Day Public Holiday - Wednesday 26 December 2018
  • New Year’s Day Public Holiday- Tuesday 1 January 2019

All other weekdays in this period 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