CCIWA has welcomed the State Government’s announcement that retail trading hours will be extended this festive period, a move that will see local businesses competing at their best.

Starting Tuesday, December 5, general retail shops in the Perth metropolitan area will be allowed to open from 7am to 9pm on weekdays, 7am to 6pm on Saturdays and 8am to 6pm on Sunday and public holidays.

The extended hours will conclude on New Year's Day and not include Christmas Day, when larger retail shops will be closed.

Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston has also approved extended trading hours for Australia Day, 8am to 6pm.

The extended hours are the same as 2016-17.

CCI recently wrote to the WA Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety –responsible for assessing applications to vary the Retail Trading Act – to seek extended trading hours for general retail shops in the Perth metropolitan area during public holidays and the Christmas and New Year period.

CCI Chief Executive Deidre Willmott says CCI has long called for WA’s restrictive trading hours to be modernised to give local businesses the ability to compete at their very best and to decide when they want to open their doors.

“The announcement is welcome news for consumers, who will have greater choice, flexibility and convenience; for business, which will benefit from the increased activity; and for workers, who will have the opportunity to earn more money during this peak business trading period,” she says.

Wilmott says that while CCI welcomes the festive period announcement, WA still has the most restrictive retail trading hours in the country and encouraged the State Government to review them.

Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory all have totally, or almost totally, deregulated shopping hours.

“WA’s regulations are also simply ridiculous. They restrict what shops can sell at certain times and what products different types of shops can sell,” she says.

“For example, the regulations allow some shops to sell light bulbs but not light fittings or outdoor lighting but not indoor lighting.

“CCI encourages the State Government to continue to review WA’s retail trade regulations and, at the very least, bring us in line with the rest of the country.

“This would significantly improve WA’s attractiveness as a tourism destination and  encourage WA consumers to support local retailers who are trying to compete with online shops that don’t have governments telling them to hit the off switch at 5pm. It will also inject about $200 million into our state, according to estimates by the Productivity Commission.”

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Mon-Fri

Saturday

Sunday

Public holidays*

2017-18

7am-9pm

7am-6pm

8am-6pm

8am-6pm

Normal

8am-9pm

8am-5pm

11am-5pm

11am-5pm

*Excludes Christmas Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day when general retail shops remain closed


 

Tuesday, December 5

7am-9pm

Wednesday, December 6

7am-9pm

Thursday, December 7

7am-9pm

Friday, December 8

7am-9pm

Saturday, December 9

7am-6pm

Sunday, December 10

8am-6pm

Monday, December 11

7am-9pm

Tuesday, December 12

7am-9pm

Wednesday, December 13

7am-9pm

Thursday, December 14

7am-9pm

Friday, December 15

7am-9pm

Saturday, December 16

7am-6pm

Sunday, December 17

8am-6pm

Monday, December 18

7am-9pm

Tuesday, December 19

7am-9pm

Wednesday, December 20

7am-9pm

Thursday, December 21

7am-9pm

Friday, December 22

7am-9pm

Saturday, December 23

7am-6pm

Sunday, December 24

8am-6pm

Monday, December 25

CLOSED (Christmas Day)

Tuesday, December 26

8am-6pm (Boxing Day)

Wednesday, December 27

7am-9pm

Thursday, December 28

7am-9pm

Friday, December 29

7am-9pm

Saturday, December 30

7am-6pm

Sunday, December 31

8am-6pm

Monday, January 1

8am-6pm (New Year's Day)

Tuesday, January 2

8am-9pm (normal trading hours resume, except for Australia Day)

Friday, January 26

8am-6pm (Australia Day)