WEST Australians will have an extra 49 hours to shop for their loved ones this Christmas period.
Beginning on Tuesday December 5, general retail shops in the metro area will be allowed to open from 7am until 9pm, an extra hour on their usual 8am-9pm.
On Saturdays they will be allowed to open from 7am until 6pm (normally 8am until 5pm) and from 8am until 6pm on Sundays (normally 11am until 5pm).
The extended trading hours will end on New Year’s Day.
Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston has also approved extended trading hours for Australia Day (8am to 6pm), adding an extra four hours for consumers to shop.
“The McGowan Government wants consumers and major Perth retailers to take full advantage of Christmas and post-Christmas shopping this year,” Mr Johnston said.
“We support local businesses and workers, which is why some of the restrictions will allow staff to take time off and enjoy the Christmas festivities.
“I urge all Western Australians to support our community and protect local jobs by buying your Christmas presents from local retailers who need your business.”
The news was welcomed by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
“Today’s announcement is welcome news for consumers, who will have greater choice, flexibility and convenience, for business, who will benefit from the increased activity, and for workers, who will have the opportunity to earn more money during this peak business trading period,” CCI Chief Executive Officer Deidre Willmott said.
“This is a significant win for WA businesses and consumers who have come to expect, and utilise, extended trading hours to help balance work and family commitments, increase employment opportunities, and create a more level playing field to compete.
“Extending retail trading hours will create additional hours for the 128,000 West Australians who say they are underemployed and want more work.
“It will also create additional jobs, many of which will be filled by young people which has an unemployment rate of 14.4 per cent in WA.”
Christmas shopping hours:
|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)|
|Friday, January 26||8am-6pm (Australia Day)|