The National Retail Association is a leader in the area of trading hours reform and we continue to work with governments in numerous states to achieve an appropriate balance between the needs of shoppers, workers, small businesses, large retailers and shopping centres.
Since existing trading hours regime came into place, the Australian retail landscape has changed dramatically, and consumers now have different expectations of when and how they will be able to shop. They also have greater choice than ever before, including the ability to shop from the comfort of their own lounge room or kitchen table.
The NRA believes the time has come to bring trading hours regulations into the 21st century, and to ensure that it continues to meet the needs of businesses, customers and employees in our fast-changing world. The NRA believes that this must occur in order to ensure that:
- business owners are not unreasonably restrained from being able to trade;
- customers are not unreasonably restrained in being able to shop as they want to;
- population growth can be catered for; and
- retailers are able to rise to the challenges of digital disruption and globalisation.
Each state and territory applies different trading hour restrictions on retailers, particularly on “non-exempt” stores.
Click on the links below to see the definitions and legislation which apply in your area.
NEW SOUTH WALES
Public holiday trading hours
Each state and territory has different allowed trading hours on public holidays and seasonal periods. These affect when stores can trade:
- on and around Easter
- on and around Christmas & Boxing Day
- on and around New Years Eve
- on state or federal public holidays, such as Anzac Day
Click on the links below to see which rules apply in your area…
NEW SOUTH WALES
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Special event applications
In some cases, retailers can apply for permission to trade longer hours during local festivals or significant events.
The NRA has assisted multiple retailers with these applications, most recently achieving extended trading hours for retailers for:
- Commonwealth Games
- Mt Isa Rodeo
- local shows & festivals in Chinchilla and Ayr
Contact our team if you are currently prohibited from trading certain hours, and would like to find out more about applying for extended trading hours.
NRA Trading Hours Committee
The NRA Trading Hours Committee is a group of regulatory compliance specialists from many of Australia’s major retailers who come together to discuss regulations and policy regarding trading hours and public holidays.
The Committee is an important forum for contributing to retail industry policy. The Committee communicates regularly with government, conveying the issues and concerns of the retail sector.MORE ABOUT THIS COMMITTEE
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