PUBLIC HOLIDAY TRADING RESTRICTIONS
CHRISTMAS 2008 AND NEW YEAR 2009
Australian Capital Territory
There are no restrictions on trading on public holidays in the ACT. Traditionally, however, large shops and shopping centres in the ACT do not trade on Christmas Day (Thursday 25 December).
New South Wales
All shops are required to close on Christmas Day (Thursday 25 December) and Boxing Day (Friday 26 December) unless they are “small shops” or “exempt shops”, are located in a exempted tourist area, or had permission to trade under previous legislation. All shops can open on New Year’s Day (Thursday 1 January).
Note: New trading hours legislation, the Shop Trading Act 2008, came into force in July. All previous exemptions to trade on Boxing Day (such as those in the Sydney CBD, Newcastle and Cabramatta) have been carried over to the new Act. ‘Small shops’ and ‘exempt shops’ are defined in the Act and a list of exempted tourist areas is available here.
There are no restrictions on trading on public holidays in the Northern Territory. Traditionally, however, large shops and shopping centres do not trade on Christmas Day (Thursday 25 December).
Queensland’s arrangements are particularly complex due to the large number of trading hour zones. Please refer to the attached schedule, prepared by the National Retail Association, of trading arrangements in the various zones in the pre-Christmas and Christmas-New Year period.
In Adelaide, non-exempt shops are not permitted to trade on Christmas Day (Thursday 25 December), Proclamation Day (Friday 26 December) and New Years Day (Thursday 1 January).
Note: For a definition of ‘exempt shop’ please refer to the Shop Trading Hours Act 1977. As a general rule, however, most supermarkets, discount department stores, department stores and most other national retailers are not exempt shops.
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