Extra hours for Queen's birthday and Christmas

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Last year's historic extended Christmas trading hours will apply again this year, with all general retail shops in the Perth metropolitan area able to open as early as 7am on weekdays and Saturdays.

The extended trading hours, which begin on Saturday, December 5 and end on January 1, 2016, include an earlier 8am opening on Sundays and a later 6pm closing on Saturdays and Sundays.

Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said for the first time, shops could also open from 8am to 6pm on the Queen's Birthday public holiday on Monday, September 28, in line with extensions for Boxing Day, New Year's Day and Australia Day.

"The 59 extra trading hours will provide Perth shops large and small with greater freedom of choice. They can better cater for the demands of their customers who may want to shop earlier in the morning or later in the day," Mr Mischin said.

"For consumers, it means greater convenience, choice and flexibility when doing their pre and post-Christmas shopping this year.

"While this decision will ease the restrictions on retail trading at a very busy time of year, it is by no means compulsory for any business to open and close at these times."

The Minister said the Liberal National Government had been at the forefront of retail trading hours' reform with the introduction of late night weekday and Sunday trading, which had proven to be popular with consumers and successful for businesses.

"The Premier, Colin Barnett, recently pledged to extend Sunday trading hours to 9am if this government is elected for a third term in 2017," he said.

"In the meantime, I am drafting amendments to the Retail Trading Hours Act 1987 to address anomalies in the system, particularly around hardware stores. These will include removing some restrictions on what hardware stores can sell and adjusting their trading hours."

Fact File

  • Unrestricted 11am-5pm Sunday and public holiday trading (except for Christmas Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day) began on August 26, 2012 and weekday late night trading until 9pm began on November 1, 2010 for general retail shops in Perth
  • The State Government is providing free public transport across the greater metropolitan area on Monday, September 28
  • For more information, visit http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/tradinghours

Commerce Minister's office - 6552 5600 

2015-16 Christmas/January Extended Trading Hours

General Retail Shops - Perth Metropolitan Area


                        Mon-Fri            Saturday          Sunday            Public Holidays*

2015-16           7am-9pm          7am-6pm          8am-6pm         8am-6pm

                                                                                                   (Queen's Birthday, Boxing Day, New Year's Day,

                                                                                                   Australia Day)

Normal           8am-9pm          8am-5pm          11am-5pm        11am-5pm

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


Monday, September 28               8am-6pm (Queen's Birthday public holidays)

Saturday, December 5                7am-6pm

Sunday, December 6                  8am-6pm

Monday, December 7                 7am-9pm

Tuesday, December 8                7am-9pm

Wednesday, December 9           7am-9pm

Thursday, December 10             7am-9pm

Friday, December 11                  7am-9pm

Saturday, December 12              7am-6pm

Sunday, December 13                8am-6pm

Monday, December 14               7am-9pm

Tuesday, December 15              7am-9pm

Wednesday, December 16         7am-9pm

Thursday, December 17             7am-9pm

Friday, December 18                  7am-9pm

Saturday, December 19              7am-6pm

Sunday, December 20                8am-6pm

Monday, December 21               7am-9pm

Tuesday, December 22              7am-9pm

Wednesday, December 23         7am-9pm

Thursday, December 24             7am-9pm

Friday, December 25                  CLOSED (Christmas Day)

Saturday, December 26              8am-6pm (Boxing Day)

Sunday, December 27                8am-6pm

Monday, December 28               8am-6pm (Boxing Day public holiday)

Tuesday, December 29              7am-9pm

Wednesday, December 30         7am-9pm

Thursday, December 31             7am-9pm

Friday, January 1                       8am-6pm (New Year's Day)

Saturday, January 2                   8am-5pm (normal trading hours resume, except for Australia Day)

Tuesday, January 26                  8am-6pm (Australia Day)          

Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Sep 2015

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