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Shop Trading Hours

The Shop Trading Hours Act 1977 and Shop Trading Hours Regulations 2003 regulate the trading hours of retail shops in South Australian shopping districts.

On 2 April 2012, the Statutes Amendment (Shop Trading and Holidays) Act 2012 was proclaimed, which amended the Shop Trading Hours Act 1977 and the Holidays Act 1910. These amendments created the Central Business District (CBD) Tourist Precinct.

South Australia's shopping districts consist of:

Shops outside the Greater Adelaide Shopping District and also outside a Proclaimed Shopping District are exempt and can trade when they choose, including on all public holidays.

Other shops are exempt by virtue of the type of goods they sell or because they are smaller than a certain size. These shops can also trade when they choose, including on all public holidays. See the full list of exempt shops.

Non-exempt shops in the CBD Tourist Precinct can trade:

  • until 9pm Monday to Friday, including part-day public holidays
  • until 5pm on Saturdays, including Easter Saturday
  • from 11am to 5pm on Sundays or full-day public holiday (except Good Friday, 25 December and before 12 noon on 25 April). 

Non-exempt shops in the Metropolitan Shopping District and the Glenelg Tourist Precinct can trade:

  • until 9pm Monday to Friday, including part-day public holidays
  • until 5pm on Saturdays, including Easter Saturday
  • from 11am to 5pm on Sundays, excluding Easter Sunday
  • but cannot trade on a public holiday, except Easter Saturday.

Non-exempt shops in a Proclaimed Shopping District can trade:

  • until 6pm on all weekdays except Thursdays
  • until 9pm on Thursdays, including part-day public holidays
  • until 5pm on Saturdays, except Easter Saturday
  • but cannot trade on a Sunday or public holiday.

Shops that are solely or predominately the retail sale of boats and/or motor vehicles in a shopping district can trade:

  • until 6pm Monday to Wednesday
  • until 9pm on Thursdays and Fridays, including part-day public holidays
  • until 5pm on Saturdays
  • but cannot trade on a Sunday or public holiday.

Shops selling hardware and building materials, furniture, floor coverings or motor vehicle parts and accessories can trade:

  • until 9pm on weekdays, including part-day public holidays
  • until 5pm on Saturdays, including Easter Saturday
  • from 9am to 5pm on a Sunday or public holiday (except Good Friday, 25 December and before 12 noon on 25 April).