Trading hours in Tasmania are generally unregulated but shops are not permitted to trade on Christmas Day (Thursday 25 December).
Trading hours in Victoria are generally unregulated but only ‘exempt shops’ can trade on Christmas Day (Thursday 25 December).
Note: For a definition of ‘exempt shops’ please refer to the Shop Trading Reform Act 1996. As a general rule most supermarkets, discount department stores, department stores and most national retailers are non-exempt shops.
Over Christmas, general retail shops in the Perth metropolitan area are permitted to trade from 10am to 5pm on the three Sundays before Christmas (7, 14 and 21 December) and until 9pm on Friday 19, Monday 22, and Tuesday 23 December. General retail shops are not permitted to trade on Christmas Day (Thursday 25 December) and Boxing Day (Friday 26 December). However, on 8 December the Government announced that general retail shops in the Perth CBD would be allowed to open on Boxing Day from 11am to 5pm.
Over New Year, general retail shops can trade from 10am to 5pm on Sunday 28 December and until 9pm on Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 December but must remain closed on New Years Day (Thursday 1 January). Normal trading hours resume on Friday 2 January.
[The above arrangements do not apply to those areas of WA where trading hours are unregulated, i.e north of the 26th parallel of south latitude or to some other areas outside metropolitan Perth which may have special arrangements over this period. Further details are available here.]
Note: . ‘General retail shops’ are shops that do not fall within the definitions of ‘small retail shops’ and ‘special retail shops’ in the Retail Trading Hours Act 1987. As a general rule national chain supermarkets and most discount department stores, department stores and most national retailers are ‘general retail shops’.