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The trading hours of shops in Queensland are regulated by way of the Trading (Allowable Hours) Act 1990 and supported by the Trading (Allowable Hours) Regulation 2014. The 2017 Trading Hours Order and the Repealed Car Yards Order are referred to for the purposes of Area definitions only. 

Applications for orders previously sought under repealed section 22 of the Trading (Allowable Hours) Act 1990 (the Act) are now classified as exempt shops and provided for in either section 5(1)(a) or 5(1)(c).

The Act decides the trading hours of non-exempt shops and independent retail shops (See: section 6 and 17 of the Act regarding independent retail shops).

Section 5(1)(a) of the Act states that, "an exempt shop is a shop of a description mentioned in Schedule 1AA used predominantly for selling goods by retail, or for supplying services, a reasonable person would expect to be sold or supplied in that shop". Schedule 1AA at item 28, identifies an exempt shop as a "Special exhibition or display of goods". Examples of a "Special exhibition or display of goods" are:

Exempt shops as defined within Schedule 1AA have unrestricted trading hours.

The following are further examples of the type of exhibitions or display of goods that would fall within the category of "Special Exhibitions or Display of Goods" under Section 5(1)(a) Schedule 1AA:

Section 5(1)(c) of the Act States that, "a shop operating in a stated area for an event -

(i) that is a unique or infrequent event of local, State or national significance; and
(ii) declared by the industrial commission to be a special event for this paragraph"

Examples used within that meaning are:

These shops require an Application to the Industrial Commission to be declared an exempt shop for a special event.

Trading (Allowable Hours) Act 1990 - s. 5(2) - declaration for special event applications



The following Trading Hours Orders were repealed (refer to s. 57 of the Trading (Allowable Hours) Act 1990) on the commencement (31 August 2017) of the Trading (Allowable Hours) Amendment Bill 2017. 

Officially published amendments since 26 October 2009 are available from the "Published Documents" webpage.



Under s. 136 of the Industrial Relations Act 2016, the commission may make an order fixing minimum wages and employment conditions for the following employees, whether or not they are employed under an industrial instrument -

(a) apprentices or trainees; or
(b) different classes of apprentices or trainees.

For wages and employment conditions for those employed by private sector employers and for those employed by Queensland Government employers, click on the orders below.

The following Orders whilst current, and comprise all approved amendments since the original Order was gazetted, have not been officially published:

Officially published amendments since 26 October 2009 are available from the "Published Documents" webpage.

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