Extra hours for Queen's birthday and Christmas
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."
- 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,
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)
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