Hon Simon O'Brien MLC

Hon Simon O'Brien MLC

Former Minister for Finance; Commerce; Small Business

    Sunday trading to become a reality

    21/06/2012 12:00 AM
     
    • New laws allow all shops in Perth metropolitan area to open 11am-5pm Sunday

    The path has finally been cleared for Sunday trading, with amendments to the Retail Trading Hours Act passing through State Parliament today.

     

    Commerce Minister Simon O’Brien today said the new laws gave all general retail shops in the Perth metropolitan area, including major supermarkets and department stores, the right to open their doors between 11am and 5pm.

     

    Mr O’Brien today heralded the change as a historic moment for consumers and businesses.

     

    “The move to give all retailers the right to open their doors on a Sunday was a key plank of this Government’s commitment to bring trading hours into the 21st century,” he said.

     

    “It will provide greater choice and flexibility for busy consumers who want to be able to buy goods on Sundays, while creating a fairer, more competitive retail sector in Perth.”

     

    The special trading precincts in Perth, Fremantle, Midland, Armadale and Joondalup will be abolished to make way for the new regime, a move the Minister said would create a level playing field for retailers.

     

    “Consumers, including people who are new to or visiting Perth, are also now likely to find shops open across the whole of the metropolitan area on Sundays, rather than having to make a trip to a specially classified area which has permission to trade,” he said.

     

    A formal implementation date will be publicly announced in coming weeks. This will ensure a smooth transition to the new trading environment.

     

    Shops will also be able to trade on most public holidays, with the exception of Good Friday, Christmas Day and ANZAC Day, when they will remain closed.

     

          Fact File

    • The special trading precincts of Midland, Joondalup & Armadale were created in 2010, along with the introduction of weeknight trading to 9pm
    • For more information on retail trading laws, visit: http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/

    Minister’s office - 6552 5800