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January 24, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Australians should tap into their massive stockpile of 134 million days of accrued annual leave to turn the upcoming Australia Day public holiday into a long weekend – that’s the advice of the Tourism & Transport Forum Australia (TTF).

The TTF doesn’t advocate “chucking a sickie”, by the way! Roy Morgan Research has found that Australians have collectively 133,737,000 days’ worth of accrued annual leave – that’s an average of 16 days per full-time working Australian.

Some people have much more than that. Amazingly, 3% of workers have more than 10 weeks or more of annual leave locked away and 17% have no idea how the current balance of their annual leave stands.

This year Australia Day falls on a Thursday (26 January), which means using an annual leave day on Friday (27 January) enables Australians to create a four day long weekend.

“There is nothing more quintessentially Australian than having a summer getaway and the upcoming Australia Day public holiday presents one last opportunity to take a well-deserved break before 2017 kicks into full gear,” TTF chief executive, Margy Osmond, said.

“Using the 134 million days of stored annual leave is a win-win for everybody. Employees get a chance to take a break and recharge their batteries and employers can reduce the liability of unused leave on their books, with the added benefit of re-energised workers.

“I encourage all Australians who are sitting on a small mountain of annual leave to have the conversation with their employer today to use just one of those days to have a long weekend away with the Australia Day public holiday.

“You should use your annual leave – don’t try to pull a ‘sickie’, it is obvious to everyone!”

Osmond said the TTF summer consumer survey revealed intrastate travel (53%) is most popular for a summer getaway followed by interstate (225%) and New Zealand (6%).

“There are thousands of great destinations across our island continent that are just begging for you to visit this summer – so get out there this weekend and experience what our wondrous land has to offer.”

Edited by Peter Needham

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