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Independent Statutory Reviews of Amendments to the Shop Trading Hours Act 1977 and to the Holidays Act 1910

The Statutes Amendment (Shop Trading and Holidays) Act 2012 which was proclaimed in April 2012 amended the Shop Trading Hours Act 1977 and the Holidays Act 1910 to:

  • allow non-exempt shops in the Central Business District (CBD) Tourist Precinct to trade from 12 noon until 5pm on Anzac Day and from 11am until 5pm on all other public holidays except Christmas Day and Good Friday;
  • create two part-day public holidays from 7pm to 12 midnight on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve;
  • streamline the process for applying for, and granting, shop trading hours exemptions; and
  • prohibit motor vehicle dealers in the Greater Adelaide Shopping District from trading on Easter Saturday.

The Act included provisions requiring that the Government commission independent reviews of the full range of impacts changes to the Holidays Act 1910 and the Shop Trading Hours Act 1977, with the SA Centre for Economic Studies commissioned to undertake the reviews.

The reports of the reviews were tabled in Parliament on 10 April 2013 and are available at Safe Work SA Link to external website.  

In identifying impacts the reviews drew on a range of sources including:

  • relevant academic literature;
  • interviews with a number of key stakeholders;
  • a survey commissioned to collect data on community attitudes and experiences related to the changes;
  • submissions received from community members and organisations;
  • analysis of Australian Bureau of Statistics data; and
  • analysis of data provided by stakeholders.

SACES would like to thank all of those who assisted us in undertaking the reviews, including those members of the community who participated in the survey, those who took part in face-to-face consultations or made a submission, and those who provided us with data.

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