Exactly How to Hack Easter and Anzac Day to Get 17 Days Off


Here at The Latch, we’re all about time off. Well, who isn’t all about time off? But for us – we really understand the importance of stepping away from work or your everyday life for a little while to come back to it with a renewed appreciation. To feel re-energised and ready to get back into it.

This is why we’re always keen on a good leave hack. A way to get more of that precious time off using the least amount of annual leave. So, naturally, we were over the moon to realise one of the biggest leave hacks of the year was coming up. It’s over the Easter holiday and Anzac Day, and, if done correctly, can see you using just eight days of leave to take a 17-day holiday.

How does it work? Well, you’ll be making the most of the last warm days by booking around three public holidays: Good Friday (Friday, April 15), Easter Monday (Monday, April 18) and Anzac Day (Monday, April 25). And, in turn, you’ll get time off from Friday, April 15 – Monday, May 2.

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The exact dates to book are:

Tuesday, April 19
Wednesday, April 20
Thursday, April 21
Friday, April 22
Tuesday, April 26
Wednesday, April 27
Thursday, April 28
Friday, April 29

So, again, eight days of leave to give you 17 days off. Also worth noting, you can still get an 11-day holiday by coming back to work after Anzac Day.

And, if April and May are too soon for you to organise the time off and you’re curious about other best annual leave hacks for the rest of the year.

June 2022

Book four days of annual leave for a nine-day holiday. (This one goes for all states except QLD and WA.)

Book annual leave on the days following the Queen’s Birthday public holiday.

Travel between:
Saturday, June 11 – Sunday, June 20

Book these dates:
Tuesday, June 14
Wednesday, June 15
Thursday, June 16
Friday, June 17

December 2022/January 2023

Book three days of annual leave for a 10-day holiday.

The festive period is brimming with travel opportunities. Get in quick before your colleagues and book these dates for a generous break. Because Christmas and New Year’s fall on a weekend, we’re given observed public holidays during the week.

Travel between:
Saturday, December 24 – Monday, January 2

Book these dates:
Wednesday, December 28
Thursday, December 29
Friday, December 30

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