Easter Trading 2021

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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.

Boat and Vehicle dealers - a general exemption for Easter Saturday has been declared

Boat and Vehicle dealers are advised that the Treasurer has declared an exemption that will allow all dealers in the Greater Adelaide Shopping District to trade until 5:00 pm on Easter Saturday if they so choose. Members are reminded of the following conditions:

  • 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 Vehicle Repair, Services and Retail 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.
Public Holiday dates


The Public Holidays over the Easter and Anzac Day period for 2021 are as follows:

  • Good Friday - 2 April
  • Easter Saturday - 3 April
  • Easter Monday - 5 April
  • Anzac Day (observed Monday) - 26 April
The Shop Trading Hours over the 2021 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 1).

Good Friday (2 April 2021)
  • 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, must be closed on Good Friday.
Easter Saturday (3 April 2021)
  • 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) must be closed on Easter Saturday.
  • Partially exempt shops in all Shopping Districts can trade on Easter Saturday until 5 pm.
Easter Sunday (4 April 2021)
  • Non-exempt shops in the Central Business District (CBD) Tourist Precinct, excluding motor vehicle and boat dealers, can trade on Easter Sunday from 11 am until 5 pm.
  • Non-exempt shops outside the Central Business District (CBD) Tourist Precinct, must be closed on Easter Sunday.
  • All partially exempt shops can trade from 9 am until 5 pm on Easter Sunday.
Easter Monday (5 April 2021)
  • The Government Gazette published on March 4 has declared that Non-exempt shops in the Central Business District (CBD), Tourist Precinct, excluding motor vehicle and boat dealers, is exempt from the provisions of the Act between the hours of 11:00 am and 5:00 pm with following conditions:
- Normal trading hours prescribed by section 13 of the Act shall apply
at all other times.
- All employees working during these extended hours will do so on a
strictly voluntary basis.
- Any and all relevant industrial instruments are to be complied with.
- All work health and safety issues (in particular those relating to
extended trading hours) must be appropriately addressed.
  • Non-exempt shops outside the Central Business District (CBD), Tourist Precinct, must be 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 (observed Monday 26 April 2021)

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 must be closed.


More questions?

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