Regulatory Impact Statements

Introduction of two new public holidays in Victoria

March 2016

Easter Sunday and the Friday before the Australian Football League Grand Final were declared as public holidays via notice in the Victorian Government Gazette on 19 August 2015.

Easter Sunday and Grand Final Friday Public Holiday Evaluation

The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources has undertaken a high level post implementation evaluation of the two new public holidays that were introduced in 2015 for Easter Sunday and the Friday before the AFL Grand Final.

The evaluation of the new public holidays considered the following evidence:

  • post-holiday responses from individuals, businesses and industry groups that had submitted initial feedback during the original Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) process undertaken by PwC in 2015
  • correspondence received from members of the public on their feedback of the holidays
  • media and social media coverage of the new public holidays
  • tourism outcomes provided by industry groups and tourism bodies
  • local government commentary
A review of this evidence found that the experience of the new public holidays varied between individuals, businesses and regions, with some people enjoying additional leisure time, increased trade and positive tourism outcomes, while others did not report the same positive experiences.  

The outcomes of the evaluation are consistent with the findings provided in the RIS. As identified during the RIS process, the benefits and costs of the new public holidays are difficult to quantify given the potential for varied behavioural responses of different individuals, businesses and groups throughout Victoria. 

Easter Sunday and the Friday before the AFL Grand Final will continue to be observed as public holidays in Victoria.

Submissions to the evaluation of the public holidays can be viewed below.

Submissions to the evaluation

Statement of reasons

In accordance with the Subordinate Legislation Act 1994, and the Victorian Guide to Regulation, a Regulatory Impact Statement was prepared and published for 28 days public consultation. 

The Regulatory Impact Statement submission period closed on 5 August 2015 and 109 submissions were received within the submission period. Five submissions were received after the deadline. These submissions have also been considered for this statement of reasons.

After consideration of the submissions received, the Minister decided to introduce Easter Sunday and the Friday before the Australian Football League Grand Final as public holidays in Victoria. This delivers on an election commitment of the Government, and will allow all Victorians to spend time with friends, family and loved ones. 

Regulatory Impact Statement on two proposed new public holidays in Victoria

This Regulatory Impact Statement was prepared to fulfil requirements of the Subordinate Legislation Act 1994, and to facilitate public consultation on the proposed gazettal of two new public holidays under the Public Holidays Act 1993.

This Regulatory Impact Statement has been prepared for the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (the department) by PricewaterhouseCoopers Australia.

Assessment letter
Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission assessment letter (DOCX 184.83 KB)DOCX icon

Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission assessment letter (PDF 63.77 KB)PDF icon

Regulatory Impact Statement
Regulatory Impact Statement (PDF 608.24 KB)PDF icon

Regulatory Impact Statement (DOCX 386.56 KB)DOCX icon

The department invited interested people and organisations to make a written submission.

The period for submissions has now closed.

Submissions will be published on this website shortly after receipt and will remain there indefinitely as a public document. The department reserves the right to not publish material on its website that is offensive, potentially defamatory, or clearly out of scope of the Regulatory Impact Statement in question.

Submissions to the RIS

If you experience any difficulties accessing these documents please contact Barbara Cullen, Manager, Small Business Policy on (03) 9651 9214.

Late submissions to the RIS