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WA Government expands Christmas trading hours

Perth retailers are allowed to trade for extended hours during the Christmas period after changes to trading hours by the Western Australian Government Department of Commerce, reports the ABC.

Beginning 5 December, retailers in the metropolitan Perth area may open their stores at 7am from Monday to Saturday and 8am on Sunday. Retailers may close stores at 6pm on Saturday and Sunday and 9pm on all other days. Stores must be closed on Christmas Day. Normal trading hours resume on 2 January.

WA commerce minister Michael Mischin said the changes to Christmas trading hours was consistent with the government’s policy of testing the gradual and incremental easing of retail trading restrictions.

Australian National Retailers’ Association CEO Anna McPhee said the move was a positive step for Western Australia. ‘The recent expansion of Sunday and public holiday trading hours within the metropolitan Perth area has been particularly successful—resulting in higher consumer spending for both large and small businesses as well as higher employment,’ said McPhee

As previously reported by Books+Publishing, the Western Australian Government introduced changes to the state’s retail trading regulations in August 2012 to allow retailers in Perth to trade on Sundays.

More information on trading hours is available here.



Category: Local news