People with disabilities will have an evening set aside for Christmas shopping at several large suburban stores and shopping centres this year.
Consumer Affairs Minister Yvonne Henderson has agreed to requests from Carousel and Karrinyup shopping centres; from KMart in Morley and in Kardinya, and from Myer in Fremantle, for special opening hours.
"Disabled people will be able to shop in comfort, and without the hindrance of Christmas shopping crowds, on Tuesday December 8 between 6 pm and 8 pm," Mrs Henderson said.
"I am pleased to support this worthy community service.
"These shops will be able to open, under exemption orders, with entrance being restricted to people with disabilities, each accompanied by not more than one able-bodied helper.
"The decision is being announced now so that community organisations and volunteer helpers have plenty of time to prepare for the shopping night."
Mrs Henderson said she would give favourable consideration to any shopping centre in regional centres outside Perth which applied for a similar disabled persons' Christmas shopping night.