The Malinauskas Labor Government has drafted legislation and will now begin formal consultation to allow trading on Sundays from 9am, instead of 11am.
The Shop Trading Hours (Extension of Hours) Amendment Bill 2022 would also lock in trading on Boxing Day across Adelaide.
The drafting of legislation marks a big step forward on delivering Labor’s election commitment of shop trading reform which strikes the right balance for workers, small businesses and shoppers.
Currently, shops across Adelaide are permitted to open on Sundays from 11am to 5pm. In Opposition, Peter Malinauskas offered Labor’s support to legislate earlier trading from 9am. However, this was rejected by the then-Liberal Government.
This legislation will extend Sunday trading from 9am.
Currently, only shops in the CBD may open on Boxing Day, trading from 11am to 5pm (except if Boxing Day falls on a Saturday in which case shops may open earlier).
The government’s legislation would allow shopping centres across metropolitan Adelaide to trade on Boxing Day from 9am to 5pm.
The government will now undertake a three-week consultation period, before introducing the legislation in the first sitting week when Parliament resumes.
Attributable to Peter Malinauskas
This is sensible shop trading hours reform which strikes the right balance for workers, local small businesses and shoppers.
These reforms will allow South Australians to shop from 9am on Sundays, instead of waiting until 11am.
This is an idea I put forward while in Opposition, which was regrettably rejected by the former government.
Quotes attributable to Kyam Maher
I trust this legislation will help deliver certainty for shoppers, workers and businesses about the trading landscape in South Australia going forward.
I hope this legislation can secure bi-partisan support from the Liberal Opposition so we can secure its passage as soon as possible.