Major retail stores throughout the Perth metropolitan area will be able to trade until 9pm on weeknights under a new law passed today by State Parliament.
Commerce Minister Bill Marmion said the changes would provide greater vibrancy, greater convenience and greater choice for the people of Perth.
“Creating a retail trading environment that allows choice, flexibility and competition has always been the focus of this Government,” Mr Marmion said.
“We take into account the modern lifestyles of West Australians, such as working parents, who may find it difficult to shop within the current restricted trading hours.
“These reforms will be welcome news to those busy families seeking to balance their working lives and the needs of their families.”
Under the old laws, major retailers had to close at 6pm on weeknights other than Thursday. Now they can choose to stay open until 9pm on any weeknight.
State Parliament has also given the go-ahead for Midland and Armadale to become ‘special trading precincts’.
This means the central shopping areas of Midland and Armadale will have extended trading, including Sundays.
“We plan to have 9pm trading across the metropolitan area and the ‘special trading precincts’ of Midland and Armadale in place in time for the busy Christmas shopping period,” the Minister said.
"These changes reflect the State Government’s plan for moderate, incremental reform of Perth’s trading hour arrangements.”
The issue of trading on Sundays will be further explored by the release of a discussion paper in coming weeks.
The Government will also be introducing a range of measures that will further strengthen and enhance the protections available to commercial tenants.
“These reforms represent a fantastic opportunity that I encourage both shoppers and retailers to embrace,” Mr Marmion said.
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