21 APRIL, 2016:The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is reminding retailers and shoppers alike of trading restrictions this Anzac Day, Monday April 25.

ARA Executive Director, Russell Zimmerman, said that confusion around trading hours on Anzac Day and whether or not the full days is public holiday is common for both consumers and business owners.

“All Australians to be aware that the vast majority of stores are unable to trade on Anzac Day until between 12:30pm and 1pm, dependent on the state or territory they are in,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“On this sacred day it is important for all Australians to be able to pay their respect to the men and women who have fought for Australia, and the significant sacrifices made by so many.”

Exceptions to morning store closure do apply in some cases, and the ARA advises business owners to check the regulations and opening hours for their area and store type.

“If consumers plan to visit stores on Anzac day, they should check with the stores they intend to visit that they will be open,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“In some locations, stores are allowed to open mid-way through the day, however, given the public holiday and expected lower foot traffic, many retailers may choose not to open at all.”

To assist retailers and shoppers with permitted trading hours for Anzac Day, the ARA has put together the below state by state breakdown. Public holiday penalty rates apply for the entire day across the whole of Australia.


Victorian based retailers cannot trade between midnight and 1pm on Anzac Day, unless they fall into the category of ‘exempt shop’. Exempt shops include chemists, petrol stations, cafes, restaurants, takeaway outlets and hire outlets such as video stores, businesses with 20 or fewer employees and businesses with no more than 100 workers at any one time in the seven days prior to Anzac Day. After 1pm, all businesses may open.


NSW follows similar rules to Victoria, with most businesses unable to open prior to 1pm, however, some exempt and small shops can open. These include including bookshops, chemists, newsagencies, petrol stations and convenience stores, among others. There are also a number of exempt trading areas, based on local Government areas.


In Tasmanian, large retailers employing more than 250 people and those under a franchise agreement must not open before 12.30pm on Anzac Day. There are no trading restrictions on any other types of shops.


Anzac Day is considered a normal day of trade in the ACT, however, many businesses choose to follow the tradition in other states of not trading before 1pm.

South Australia

Other than exempt stores, no Adelaide retailers are prohibited from opening before 12pm. Exempt businesses include service stations, restaurants, cafes, real estate auctions and night clubs and hotels where the main business is selling alcohol. Stores in the CBD and tourist precincts are permitted to trade from 12pm to 5pm, while all other Adelaide retailers will remain closed all day. Stores outside the Greater Adelaide Shopping District or a Proclaimed Shopping District can trade at any time.


Independent shops must wait until 1pm to trade on Anzac Day, unless they are predominately food and/or grocery stores, in which case they are permitted to open. Unless exempted, all other retail store types will be closed all day on Anzac Day, including supermarkets on the Gold Coast, Cairns CBD and Port Douglas. Exempted QLD businesses encompass those distributing newspapers, supplying milk, bakeries, cafes, and takeaway food kitchens.

Northern Territory

Anzac Day is considered a normal day of trade in the Northern Territory, although businesses many opt to remain closed before 1pm as a sign of respect.

Western Australia

Retailers in the Perth metropolitan area cannot trade on Anzac Day, with the exemption of small shops and ‘special retail shops’, which can trade between 6am and 11.30pm. These include pharmacies, garden nurseries, hardware, newsagencies, boating shops, and shops at sporting venues.

For interview opportunities with ARA Executive Director, Russell Zimmerman, call the ARA Media team on 0439 612 556 or emailmedia@retail.org.au.


About the Australian Retailers Association:

Founded in 1903, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is the retail industry’s peak representative body representing Australia’s $293 billion sector, which employs more than 1.2 million people. The ARA works to ensure retail success by informing, protecting, advocating, educating and saving money for its 5,000 independent and national retail members throughout Australia. For more information, visit www.retail.org.au or call 1300 368 041.


Contact Us

We're not around right now. But you can send us an email and we'll get back to you, asap.

Not readable? Change text.