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Shop trading hours


Trading hours for retailers in South Australian shopping districts are regulated by the Shop Trading Hours Act 1977 and Shop Trading Hours Regulations 2003.

In April 2012, the Statutes Amendment (Shop Trading and Holidays) Act 2012 amended the Shop Trading Hours Act 1977 to:

  • recognise the unique tourism role of Adelaide's central business district by naming it the Central Business District (CBD) Tourist Precinct (previously 'the Central Shopping District')
  • allow non-exempt shops in the CBD Tourist Precinct to trade from 11am to 5pm on all full-day public holidays (except Good Friday, 25 December or before 12 noon on 25 April
  • streamline the application and assessment process for retailers seeking special trading exemptions on restricted trading days, based on recommendations by the Productivity Commission
  • streamline the application and assessment process for retailers seeking special trading exemptions on restricted trading days, based on recommendations by the Productivity Commission
  • allow trading hours exemptions to be issued for up to 30 days
  • permit the Minister for Industrial Relations to issue a blanket exemption for a geographic area.

The Holidays Act 1910 was also amended to create two new part-day public holidays in South Australia, from 7pm until 12 midnight on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

Shopping districts

South Australia's shopping districts are:

Where a shop is located, its size and what it sells will determine whether it is:

  • exempt, or
  • non-exempt.

This in turn determines trading days and hours, including for weekends and public holidays.

Additional Information

Public Holidays

 

ANZAC Day

25 April - Anzac Day shop trading arrangements

Anzac Day has unique shop trading arrangements.

Trading is allowed from 12 noon to 5pm for:

  • non-exempt shops in the Central Business District (CBD) Tourist Precinct; excluding motor vehicle and boat dealers
  • shops specialising in the retail sale of hardware and building materials, furniture, floor coverings and motor vehicle spare parts and accessories (within the ambit of section 13(5e) of the Shop Trading Hours Act 1977) located within the Greater Adelaide Shopping District and any other Proclaimed District.

All non-exempt shops outside the CBD Tourist Precinct are not able to trade.

As a mark of respect for Anzac Day commemorations, exempt shops (smaller shops, certain specialty stores and all shops that are not within a Shopping District - the vast majority of South Australia's retail sector) are asked to remain closed until 12 noon.

Christmas

Christmas 2017- Extended trading hours

For the 2017 Christmas period the State Government has approved extra trading hours in the lead-up to Christmas and for the post-Christmas sales period.

Non-exempt shops in the city and metropolitan area can open:

  • from 9am to 5pm on:
    • Sunday 3 December,
    • Sunday 10 December,
    • Sunday 17 December,
    • Sunday 24 December and
    • Sunday 31 December 2017
  • until 12-midnight on:
    • Thursday 14 December,
    • Thursday 21 December and
    • Friday 22 December 2017
  • until 6pm on Saturday 23 December 2017.

Although they are non-trading days for the wider metropolitan area, non-exempt shops in the city can trade from 11am to 5pm on:

  • Tuesday 26 December 2017
  • Monday 1 January 2018.

 

Shops selling hardware and building materials, furniture, floor coverings or motor vehicle parts and accessories can trade their usual weekday, weekend and public holiday hours (plus any extended hours provided by this year's exemption) but must be closed on Christmas Day.

The table below provides a guide to trading hours for non-exempt shops in the city and wider metropolitan area during the 2017 Christmas/New Year public holiday period.

Day

City

Metro

Saturday, 23 December

until 6pm

until 6pm

Sunday, 24 December

9am to 5pm

9am to 5pm

Monday, 25 December

CLOSED

CLOSED

Tuesday, 26 December

11am to 5pm

CLOSED

Wednesday, 27 December

until 9pm

until 9pm

Thursday, 28 December

until 9pm

until 9pm

Friday, 29 December

until 9pm

until 9pm

Saturday, 30 December

until 5pm

until 5pm

Sunday, 31 December

9am to 5pm

9am to 5pm

Monday, 1 January

11am to 5pm

CLOSED

Easter

This table summarises shop trading hours for non-exempt shops for the Easter period:

 

CBD

Metro

Hardware etc    (all districts)

Proclaimed districts

Good Friday

CLOSED

CLOSED

CLOSED

CLOSED

Easter Saturday

Until 5pm

Until 5pm

Until 5pm

CLOSED#

Easter Sunday

11am to 5pm

CLOSED

9am to 5pm

CLOSED

Easter Monday

11am to 5pm

CLOSED

9am to 5pm

CLOSED

CBD: Central Business District Tourist Precinct

Metro: Metropolitan Shopping District

Hardware etc: shops selling hardware and building materials, furniture, floor coverings, motor vehicle parts and accessories

Proclaimed districts: some country areas and towns that are declared to be a Proclaimed Shopping District.

Refer to Shop Trading Hours for more information about shopping districts.

# Subject to an annual application to the Minister for Industrial Relations from local councils or business associations, some Proclaimed Shopping Districts are issued with an exemption allowing non-exempt shops to trade on Easter Saturday to support tourist activity or special events.

Exempt shops (includes any shop not within a Proclaimed Shopping District) can choose the trading hours that suit their business needs during the Easter long weekend.

Exempt and Non-exempt shops

Exempt shops

The Shop Trading Hours Act 1977 (the Act) does not apply to exempt shops, which is the vast majority of South Australia's retail sector. You can trade during the hours that suit your business needs, including on all full and part-day public holidays, if:

  • your shop is not located in the Greater Adelaide Shopping District (GASD) or a proclaimed shopping district
  • your shop is located in the GASD or a proclaimed shopping district and:
    • has less than 200m² of retail floor area, or
    • is a grocery store with less than 400m² of retail floor area, and
    • has an adjacent or adjoining storage area no bigger than half the shop's retail floor area
  • your shop is of the following types (regardless of size):
    • cafes, restaurants and take-away food 
    • service stations, licensed under Section 17 of the Act, selling a range of goods common to service stations which could include goods generally stocked by convenience stores
    • hairdressers
    • ten pin bowling alleys, squash centres and golf courses
    • antiques (other than coins or stamps)
    • live fish and aquariums etc.
    • paintings and crafts
    • bookshops and newsagents
    • pharmacies
    • cosmetics
    • medical and surgical appliances
    • florists
    • non-alcoholic drinks, ice-cream, confectionery or light refreshments
    • pets and accessories
    • plant nurseries
    • souvenirs
    • tobacconists
    • cash-and-carry wholesale warehouses
    • horticultural or agricultural shows
    • short-term charitable, religious or benevolent sponsored
    • agricultural machinery
    • fine art, either by auction or on commission
    • caravans and/or trailers
    • hire rather than sale of goods (eg video hire, machinery hire etc).

Special trading exemptions may be granted or declared on a temporary basis either on the initiative of the Minister for Industrial Relations or by applying to the Minister's office.

Non-exempt shops

Where a shop is located, its size and what it sells determines whether it is exempt or non-exempt from the state's shop trading laws that determine trading days and hours, including for weekends and public holidays.

Shops are non-exempt if they are located in the Greater Adelaide Shopping District (GASD) or a Proclaimed Shopping District and:

  • have more than 200m² of retail floor area, or
  • are a grocery store with more than 400m² of retail floor area.

If your shop has a retail floor area less than either of the above (which would normally be an exempt shop) but you have an adjacent or adjoining storage area larger than half the retail floor area, your shop is also non-exempt.

Non-exempt shops in the Central Business District Tourist Precinct can trade:

  • until 9pm on weekdays, including part-day public holidays that fall on a weekday
  • until 5pm on Saturdays, including Easter Saturday
  • from 11am to 5pm on Sundays or full-day public holidays (but not on Good Friday, 25 December or before 12 noon on 25 April).

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

  • until 9pm on weekdays, including part-day public holidays that fall on a weekday
  • until 5pm on Saturdays, including Easter Saturday
  • from 11am to 5pm on Sundays (but not Easter Sunday)
  • but not on any full-day public holiday (except Easter Saturday).

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

  • until 6pm on weekdays (except Thursdays)
  • until 9pm on Thursdays, including part-day public holidays that fall on a Thursday
  • until 5pm on Saturdays (but not Easter Saturday)
  • but not on Sundays or any full-day public holiday.

If your shop solely or predominantly sells boats and/or motor vehicles in the GASD or a Proclaimed Shopping District you can trade:

  • until 6pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
  • until 9pm on Thursdays and Fridays, including part-day public holidays that fall on those days
  • until 5pm on Saturdays (but not Easter Saturday)
  • but not on Sundays or any full-day public holiday.

If your shop sells hardware and building materials, furniture, floor coverings or motor vehicle parts and accessories in the GASD or a Proclaimed Shopping District, and has more than 200m² of retail floor area, you can trade:

  • until 9pm on weekdays, including part-day public holidays that fall on a weekday
  • until 5pm on Saturdays, including Easter Saturday
  • from 9am to 5pm on Sundays and full-day public holidays (but not on Good Friday, 25 December or before 12 noon on 25 April).
Special exemptions

Temporary exemptions from South Australia's legislated shop trading hours are authorised by the Minister for Industrial Relations and can be either:

  • a single general exemption for non-exempt shops in specified shopping districts - often used at times of the year when many applications would be made (eg Christmas)
  • an individual exemption outside a general exemption, by applying to the Minister.

Exemptions should not be overly extensive as to undermine, to any significant degree, existing shop trading hours laws in South Australia.

Individual exemption requests are assessed while considering:

  • extent and outcome of community consultation
  • special locations (eg exhibition, show, community or trade event)
  • tourist and visitor requirements
  • amount and extent of prior public notice.

Applicants may also be required to:

  • place public advertisements calling for comments about the proposed exemption
  • seek the views of workers or their representatives (unions)
  • notify the relevant local council(s) and the South Australia Police
  • notify public transport operators, in some circumstances (eg large shopping centres).

To apply for an exemption contact us for advice, with adequate time for parties to be consulted and for your application to be assessed.

Acts and Regulations

Trading hours for retailers in South Australian shopping districts are regulated by the Shop Trading Hours Act 1977 and Shop Trading Hours Regulations 2003.

In April 2012, the Statutes Amendment (Shop Trading and Holidays) Act 2012 amended the Shop Trading Hours Act 1977 to:

  • recognise the unique tourism role of Adelaide's central business district by naming it the Central Business District (CBD) Tourist Precinct (previously 'the Central Shopping District')
  • allow non-exempt shops in the CBD Tourist Precinct to trade from 11am to 5pm on all full-day public holidays (except Good Friday, 25 December or before 12 noon on 25 April
  • streamline the application and assessment process for retailers seeking special trading exemptions on restricted trading days, based on recommendations by the Productivity Commission
  • streamline the application and assessment process for retailers seeking special trading exemptions on restricted trading days, based on recommendations by the Productivity Commission
  • allow trading hours exemptions to be issued for up to 30 days
  • permit the Minister for Industrial Relations to issue a blanket exemption for a geographic area.

The Holidays Act 1910 was also amended to create two new part-day public holidays in South Australia, from 7pm until 12 midnight on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

Shopping districts

South Australia's shopping districts are:

  • the Greater Adelaide Shopping District (GASD) comprising:
    • the Central Business District (CBD) Tourist Precinct (PDF 195kb), bounded by the River Torrens in the north to the edge of the parklands in the east, west and south surrounding the City of Adelaide, and defined as the portion of the municipality of the City of Adelaide that lies within the Hundred of Adelaide
    • the Metropolitan Shopping District (PDF 23kb), and
    • the Glenelg Tourist Precinct (PDF 302kb)
  • 3 Proclaimed Shopping Districts as follows:
    • Binnum (Binnum, Frances, Kybybolite)
    • Grace (Mallala)
    • Millicent.

Where a shop is located, its size and what it sells will determine whether it is:

  • exempt, or
  • non-exempt.

This in turn determines trading days and hours, including for weekends and public holidays.

Additional Information