Retail Trade

WA has Australia’s most restrictive retail trading laws. Consumers and business are caught up in bizarre and antiquated rules about when they can shop and what they can buy.

Even changes to hours in the past 10 years haven’t addressed archaic restrictions on Sunday trading. Small retail shops can trade whenever they like, but general retail shops can only be open between 8am and 9pm on weekdays and between 11am and 5pm on Sundays and public holidays.

Special retail shops can trade between 6am and 11.30pm any day of the year, but are restricted by what they can sell. Research proves consumers consistently prefer being able to shop outside of regulated trading hours.

Businesses and consumers want the State Government to “set shopping free” because it would create jobs, lower prices and be more convenient. CCIWA has long argued that business owners should decide when they open for business, not governments.

Untangling trading hours in WA will set shopping free and is part of CCI’s state election agenda to Help Business Work.


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