Easter and ANZAC Day Trading Hours

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Easter Trading 2019

The Easter break is imminent and MTA Members are reminded of their obligations regarding the 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 the Easter and Anzac Day period for 2019 is as follows:

  • Good Friday- 19 April
  • Easter Saturday - 20 April
  • Easter Monday- 22 April
  • Anzac Day (Thursday) - 25 April

The Shop Trading Hours over the 2019 Easter Weekend and Anzac Day are set out below:

Late Night Trading

Boat and Vehicle dealers can remain open to 9:00pm on Thursday night (April 18) only.

Good Friday (19 April 2019):

  • All non-exempt shops, for example, large supermarkets, department stores, etc 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 (20 April 2019):

All non-exempt shops in the Greater Adelaide Shopping District (Metropolitan Area) which includes the Central Business District (CBD) Tourist Precinct, can open 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.

Boat and Vehicle dealers:

The State Government has now decided of its own motion to declare a general exemption for dealerships allowing them to trade on Easter Saturday, but only if they wish to. The Government's decision consequently means that there is no need for any individual exemption application to be lodged with the Minister if a particular dealership wishes to trade on this day.

  • Any employee working on Easter Saturday does 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 (21 April 2019):

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 (22 April 2019)

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 any hours determined by the individual proprietor over the Easter weekend.

ANZAC Day (25 April 2019)

Trading is allowed from 12 noon to 5pm for:

Non-exempt shops in the CBD Tourist Precinct, excluding motor vehicle and boat dealers

Shops specialising in the retail sale of motor vehicle spare parts and accessories (within the ambit of section 13(5e) of the Shop Trading Hours Act) located within the Greater Adelaide Shopping District and any other Proclaimed District

All non-exempt shops outside the CBD Tourist Precinct are not allowed to trade.

As a mark of respect for Anzac Day commemorations, exempt shops are asked to remain closed until 12pm.

For more information please on the above please contact the MTA’s Workplace Relations team by clicking here or by calling 8291 2000.