Detailed Easter trading hours information

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The Easter break is imminent and MTA Members are reminded of their obligations regarding shop trading hours over this period. This includes the observance of public holiday conditions and rates for any work performed on public holidays, as set out in the relevant modern awards.

The Public Holidays over this Easter period are: 30 March (Good Friday), 31 March (the day after Good Friday or Easter Saturday) and 2 April (Easter Monday).

The Shop Trading Hours over the 2018 Easter Weekend are set out below:

Late Night Trading (29 March)

  • Boat and vehicle dealers can remain open until 9:00pm on the Thursday night only.

Good Friday (30 March 2018)

  • All non-exempt shops, including boat and vehicle dealers, must be closed on Good Friday.
  • All partially exempt shops, which are shops selling hardware and building materials, furniture, floor coverings or motor vehicle parts and accessories also cannot trade on Good Friday.

Easter Saturday (31 March 2018)

  • All non-exempt shops in the Greater Adelaide Shopping District (Metropolitan Area) which includes the Central Business District (CBD) Tourist Precinct, can trade on Easter Saturday until 5 pm. [Section 13(7)].
  • Non-exempt shops in Proclaimed Shopping Districts (some country areas) cannot trade on Easter Saturday.
  • Partially exempt shops in all Shopping Districts can open on Easter Saturday until 5 pm.

Temporary Exemption re: Boat and Vehicle dealers:

As members were recently advised, and in keeping the practice in recent years, an exemption continues to be granted from the existing prohibition of trading on Easter Saturday in Adelaide City and Suburbs for Boat and Vehicle Dealers. However, the conditions of this exemption are as follows:

  • The exemption applies to any such dealers in the Greater Adelaide Shopping district and applies only on Saturday, 31 March 2018 until 5pm. (Staff cannot be forced to work)
  • All employees working during these extended hours do so on a strictly voluntary basis
  • The terms of the relevant industrial instruments are to be complied with. The modern Vehicle Award and the Clerks Private Sector Award set out public holiday conditions and penalty rates that will apply for work performed on a public holiday.

Please also note that country dealers that are not within a Proclaimed District are free to trade on Easter Saturday as they always have.

Easter Sunday (1 April 2018)

  • Non-exempt shops in the Central Business District (CBD) Tourist Precinct, excluding motor vehicle and boat dealers, can open on Easter Sunday from 11 am until 5 pm.
  • Non-exempt shops outside the Central Business District (CBD) Tourist Precinct, must remain closed on Easter Sunday.
  • All partially exempt shops can trade from 9 am until 5 pm on Easter Sunday.

Easter Monday (2 April 2018)

  • Non-exempt shops in the Central Business District (CBD), Tourist Precinct, excluding motor vehicle and boat dealers, can open on Easter Monday from 11 am until 5 pm.
  • Non-exempt shops outside the Central Business District (CBD), Tourist Precinct, must remain closed on Easter Monday.
  • All partially exempt shops can trade from 9 am until 5 pm on Easter Monday.

Exempt Shops

Exempt shops and shops outside Shopping Districts can trade on any hours as determined by the individual proprietor over the Easter weekend.

For more information or for any queries, please contact the Workplace Relations Department by clicking here or by calling 8291 2000.