Retail trading hours: shops get an extra four hours on public holidays

Retail trading hours: shops get an extra four hours on public holidays

WA’s gradual loosening of trading restrictions continues, with the State Government permitting retailers in the metro area to open from 8am-6pm on the Western Australia Day public holiday on June 6.

Previously shops had permission to open from 11am-5pm on public holidays.

The extra four hours trading will also apply to the Queen’s Birthday holiday on September 26.

“For consumers, it means greater convenience, choice and flexibility when shopping on a public holiday,” Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said.

“For retailers, it means greater freedom to be able to cater for the demands of their customers.

“The extended hours also allow shops to compete more effectively with online competitors.”

And the easing of restrictions looks set to keep going, with Parliament considering a plan to permit even longer opening hours.

“A proposal to introduce earlier 7am openings on Monday to Saturday and 6pm closing on Saturday is currently before State Parliament,” Mr Mischin said.

“The Government is further committed to an earlier Sunday opening time of 9am if re-elected next year.”