Easter Holiday and ANZAC Day trading hours

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The Easter and ANZAC Day public holidays fall in April this year and MTA members are reminded of their obligations regarding shop trading hours over the public holidays during 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 and the voluntary basis of any work performed by employees on public holidays.

The Public Holidays over the Easter and Anzac Day period for 2020 are as follows:

  • Good Friday - 10 April
  • Easter Saturday - 11 April
  • Easter Monday - 13 April
  • Anzac Day (Saturday) - 25 April

The shop trading hours over the 2020 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 9) only.

Good Friday (10 April 2020)

  • All non-exempt shops, i.e. 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 (11 April 2020)

  • 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. [Shop Trading Hours Act 1977 (SA) 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 and Boat dealers – Easter Saturday:

Individual Vehicle and Boat dealerships who wish to trade on Easter Saturday and therefore seek an exemption from the existing prohibition of trading on Easter Saturday, will need to apply on an individual basis to the State Government.

Dealership members applying for an exemption under the Shop Trading Hours Act 1977 (SA) must address the exemption criteria under section 5(8) of the Act.

In 2019, following a number of individual dealerships applications seeking such an exemption, the State Government decided of its own motion to declare a general exemption for vehicle and boat dealerships, allowing them to trade on Easter Saturday, but only if they wished to. No decision has been made by the State Government as yet.

As indicated earlier, in the event that trading is permitted:

  • 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 have 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 (12 April 2020)

  • 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 (13 April 2020)

  • 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 (Saturday, 25 April 2020)

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 requested to remain closed until 12pm.

Please note that there is no substitute or additional public holiday (on the Monday) when ANZAC Day falls on a Saturday.

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