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Trading hours

Trading hours

Trading hours application under the Trading (Allowable Hours) Act 1990 for a special event being the Weipa Fishing Classic held on 10 to 12 June 2022 (TH/2022/2) (Affidavit) (Directions Order).

Inquiry into the operation of the Trading (Allowable Hours) Act 1990 - The Committee tabled its report on Monday 31 January 2022. - Report. Queensland Government response to the Inquiry recommendations.

The trading hours of shops in Queensland are regulated by the Trading (Allowable Hours) Act 1990 and supported by the Trading (Allowable Hours) Regulation 2014.

There is currently a moratorium on the creation and amendment of trading hours within Queensland which, at this stage, is due to end on 31 August 2022. This means that the Commission is not currently making any orders with regards to non-exempt shops.

Shop trading hours in Queensland are dependent upon the type of shop.  The Trading (Allowable Hours) Act 1990 outlines two main categories of shops:

Exempt Shops

These shops have unrestricted trading hours.  Independent retail shops are generally classed as exempt shops, however there are limitations on the number of staff working in these shops.

Shops operating within a specified area for an event which is declared to be a 'special event' are, for the declared period, exempt shops and may trade for the entirety of the period.

For more information on exempt shops, plase see below under the heading 'Exempt Shops'.

Non- exempt Shops

These shops include large retailers including supermarkets and department stores (for example, Coles, Woolworths, Myers, David Jones).

Hours of trade may also be restricted by other regulations.  Licensed premises must comply with the Liquor Act 1992 and the Wine Industry Act 1994.

Special trading hours also apply to public holidays such as Anzac Day, Easter, Labour Day and Christmas Day.

For specific information regarding trading hours in Queensland, including public holidays, please contact the Industrial Relations Infoline on 07 3406 9999.

Trading hours

Last updated 18 May 2022