Easter Holidays Trading Hours 2024

The following is a state by state breakdown of the public holidays across the Easter period.

Australian Capital Territory Easter Holiday

ACT trading hours are deregulated.

HolidayDate in 2024Trading Hours
Good FridayFriday 29th of MarchNo restrictions on trading hours
Easter SaturdaySaturday 30th of MarchNo restrictions on trading hours
Easter SundaySunday 31st of MarchNo restrictions on trading hours
Easter MondayMonday 1st of AprilNo restrictions on trading hours

New South Wales Easter Holiday Trading Hours

In New South Wales both Good Friday and Easter Sunday are restricted trading days.

HolidayDate in 2024Trading Hours
Good FridayFriday 29th of MarchClosed
Easter SaturdaySaturday 30th of MarchNo restrictions on trading hours
Easter SundaySunday 31st of MarchClosed
Easter MondayMonday 1st of AprilNo restrictions on trading hours

Northern Territory Easter Holiday Trading Hours

Northern Territory trading hours are deregulated. 

HolidayDate in 2024Trading Hours
Good FridayFriday 29th of MarchNo restrictions on trading hours
Easter SaturdaySaturday 30th of MarchNo restrictions on trading hours
Easter SundaySunday 31st of MarchNo restrictions on trading hours
Easter MondayMonday 1st of AprilNo restrictions on trading hours

Queensland Easter Holiday Trading Hours

In Queensland, restricted trading hours apply to Good Friday, while other trading hours vary over the Easter weekend. Click here for more information.

HolidayDate in 2024Trading Hours
Good FridayFriday 29th of MarchClosed
Easter SaturdaySaturday 30th of MarchRestricted to 9.00am – 6.00pm
Easter SundaySunday 31st of MarchRestricted to 9.00am – 6.00pm
Easter MondayMonday 1st of AprilRestricted to 9.00am – 6.00pm

South Australia Easter Holiday Trading Hours

In South Australia, restricted trading hours apply to Good Friday, while other trading hours vary over the Easter weekend. Click here for more information.

HolidayDate in 2024Trading Hours
Good FridayFriday 29th of MarchClosed
Easter SaturdaySaturday 30th of MarchRestricted to Adelaide CBD, Metro and Glenelg only and only until 5.00pm
Easter SundaySunday 31st of MarchRestricted to Adelaide CBD only and only between 11.00am – 5.00pm
Easter MondayMonday 1st of AprilRestricted to Adelaide CBD only and only between 11.00am – 5.00pm

Tasmania Easter Holiday Trading Hours

Good Friday in Tasmania is a restricted trading day for large retailers.

HolidayDate in 2024Trading Hours
Good FridayFriday 29th of MarchClosed
Easter SaturdaySaturday 30th of MarchNo restrictions on trading hours
Easter SundaySunday 31st of MarchNo restrictions on trading hours
Easter MondayMonday 1st of AprilNo restrictions on trading hours

Victoria Easter Holiday Trading Hours

Good Friday in Victoria is a restricted trading day. Some retailers are able to operate on restricted trading days, click here for further information.

HolidayDate in 2024Trading Hours
Good FridayFriday 29th of MarchClosed
Easter SaturdaySaturday 30th of MarchNo restrictions on trading hours
Easter SundaySunday 31st of MarchNo restrictions on trading hours
Easter MondayMonday 1st of AprilNo restrictions on trading hours

Western Australia Easter Holiday Trading Hours

Perth Metro retail stores will be shut on Good Friday.

Holiday Date in 2024 Trading Hours
Good Friday Friday 29th of March Closed
Easter Saturday Saturday 30th of March Restricted to 8.00am – 5.00pm
Easter Sunday Sunday 31st of March Restricted to Perth metro only and only between 11.00am – 5.00pm
Easter Monday Monday 1st of April Restricted to Perth metro only and only between 8.00am – 6.00pm

ARA advocates for complete deregulation of trading hours  

The ARA is a strong advocate for the complete deregulation of retail trading hours to provide retailers with the flexibility to trade at the hours that suit their business and customers.   

Deregulation enables flexibility and allows retailers to cater for local demand which can vary considerably across Australia, especially as we adapt to new ways of living and working, post-pandemic.  

Consumers have access to online, often overseas-based retailers 24/7 and while bricks and mortar retailers do not necessarily want or need to be open 24/7, they do need the flexibility to tailor trading hours to meet the expectations of their customers and remain competitive.   

 

How trading hours are regulated in each State/Territory

Trading hours are subject to regulation at the state and territory level. While some jurisdictions only regulate trading hours on public holidays and other occasions, other states restrict hours generally or have other restrictions based on geographic area or type of retailer.   

Generally, in jurisdictions that have regulations, small businesses are considered “exempt” from trading hour restrictions and it is “non-exempt” retailers, supermarkets and department stores that are most restricted in the hours that they can open.   

Public holidays also vary across states and territories and so do the restrictions that apply for these holidays.    

StateRegulation StatusNotes
ACTDeregulatedRetailers just need to be aware of public holidays.
NSWSome regulation of specified public holidays 

Some public holidays (Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Anzac Day before 1pm, Christmas Day and Boxing Day are restricted under the Retail Trading Act 2008 (NSW).

However, there are many exemptions for different types of retailers (set out in Schedule 1 of the Act), including a broad exemption for small shops which are defined as having 4 or fewer employees.  

NTDeregulated Retailers just need to be aware of public holdays. 
QLDRegulated  Queensland updated its Trading (Allowable Hours) 1990 legislation with amendments in 2022, however, trading hours are still restricted according to location and/or type of retailer.  
SARegulated  SA has recently updated its Shop Trading Hour Act 1977 to enable less restricted trading hours, allowing most shops to now open from 9am on Sundays and Public Holidays, and to allow trading on Boxing Day for certain shops, as well as three midnight trading days in the lead up to Christmas. 
TASRegulated Tasmania trading hours are regulated under the Shop Trading Hours Act 1984 according to location and/or type of shop.
VICSome regulation of specified public holidaysPartially deregulated. Some restrictions apply for Christmas, Good Friday and Anzac Day with exemptions for certain types of retailers, including cafes and chemists.
WARegulatedTrading hours are regulated in WA under the Retail Trading Hours Act 1987 (WA) according to location and/or category of retailer with small retail shops unrestricted.

 

2024 Public Holidays by State or Territory  

ACT Australian Capital Territory Public Holiday Dates
NSW  New South Wales Public Holiday Dates
NT Northern Territory Public Holiday Dates
QLD Queensland Public Holiday Dates
SA South Australian Public Holiday Dates
TAS Tasmania Public Holiday Dates
VIC Victoria Public Holiday Dates
WA Western Australia Public Holiday Dates

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