Premier Colin Barnett today announced that all shops in the Perth metropolitan area will be free to open their doors on Sundays from August 26, 2012.
Mr Barnett said August 26 marked a major milestone in the Liberal-National Government’s commitment to bring retail trading hours in WA into the 21st Century.
“This Government has worked hard to bring about greater choice and flexibility for both consumers and for retailers,” the Premier said.
“This is the next step in this Government’s incremental reform of retail trading hours, which started by extending weekday trading to 9pm, and then by expanding the number of special trading precincts.”
Commerce Minister Simon O’Brien said the new laws also meant general retail shops in the Perth metropolitan area would be allowed to open from 11am-5pm on public holidays, except for Christmas Day, Good Friday and ANZAC Day, when they must remain closed.
“The start date we have chosen will ensure retailers who were previously restricted from opening on Sundays have enough time to prepare for the new trading environment and make consumers aware of their new opening hours,” Mr O’Brien said.
“The decision to open on Sundays, of course, remains the individual retailer’s choice and businesses will need to look to their own situation to make that decision.”
Mr O’Brien said the Commercial Tenancy (Retail Shops) Agreements Act 1985 protected retail tenants from being forced to open on Sundays. The laws also ensured retailers could only be charged operating expenses for the days they choose to open.
“The ability for all metropolitan shops to access Sunday and public holiday trading from August 26 will create a fairer and more competitive marketplace that will be of enormous benefit to both consumers and the retail industry,” he said.
“In addition to the added convenience of Sunday shopping, this initiative will result in increased job opportunities.”
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