Australia’s biggest technology company Atlassian has made a controversial move for Australia Day

Australia’s biggest technology company has joined other multibillion-dollar businesses in allowing employees to choose when to take the Australia Day public holiday.

Sydney-based software company Atlassian will let employees work on January 26 and allow them to take the day off on an alternate date.

The $95 billion company joins two of the big four banks, ANZ and the Commonwealth Bank, and many other businesses to make the switch this year.

They are the latest companies to make operational changes for the public holiday after Woolworths announced it would not be selling goods on Australia Day.

January 26 is considered a day of mourning rather than a day of celebration by many First Nations people, as it marks the day that began colonial Australia.

Australia’s biggest technology company Atlassian (pictured, co-founder Scott Farquhar) will allow employees to choose a different day in January to celebrate Australia Day

Atlassian’s policy allows employees to work on January 26 and take vacation on another day during the month.

While the tech company specifically lists Australia Day as a holiday employees can swap, other companies allow employees to swap any statutory holiday.

These include professional services provider Deloitte, accountancy firm EY Australia, Telstra, ANZ, Commonwealth Bank and NAB.

Another multinational professional services provider, KPMG, allows employees to change the day they observe public holidays only because of religious, cultural or cultural beliefs, not because of personal beliefs.

While the option exists, a Deloitte spokesperson said those taking the chance to change the day they celebrate Australia Day are in the minority.

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«Based on experience, we expect the vast majority of our people to use the Australia Day public holiday,» a Deloitte spokesperson told The Australian.

«If employees have to work on Australia Day due to client commitments, they are entitled to take an additional day off instead of their choice.»

The tech company is the latest in a string of firms to make policy changes related to January 26 (pictured, Australia Day celebrants)

The revelation comes after Woolworths sparked outrage for failing to stock shelves with Australia Day merchandise.

A spokesperson said they focus on offering food and products for all occasions, including Australia Day.

«Customers in all our stores can also expect to see a wide range of great value food and specials offers to enjoy with family and friends in the lead up to and over the Australia Day long weekend next week,» the spokesperson said.

Woolworths previously said there had been a gradual decline in demand for Australia Day merchandise in recent years.

«At the same time, there was a wider discussion about January 26 and what it means for different parts of the community,» they said in a statement.

“We know many people like to use this day as a time to get together and we offer a wide range of products to help customers mark the day as they choose.

«Woolworths and BIG W celebrate the best of Australia every day and we’re proud to support the farmers, producers and suppliers who work with us.»

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