State-by-state: The trading hours for the Queen’s National Day of Mourning
Next Thursday, September 22, will be a “one-off” public holiday to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II following her recent passing.
The public holiday was announced by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on Sunday, only 11 days before the National Day of Mourning for Her Majesty the Queen.
Such a sudden change could reportedly cost the economy as much as $1.5 billion, with many business groups raising concerns about the potential disruptions with store closures and staff scheduling challenges.
For retailers, the Australian Retailers Association said it is up to each state and territory to clarity its trading conditions for the one-off holiday — so it’s important to understand when, and if, your business will be required to operate on September 22, 2022 according to your region’s rules and regulations.
Here’s what we know so far about next Thursday’s trading hours for each state and territory.
New South Wales
Thursday September 22, 2022 has been declared a public holiday in NSW by the Minister for Employee Relations Damien Tudehope under section 5 of the Public Holidays Act 2010.
This means shops and retailers can trade as they normally would on other public holidays, such as Australia Day or New Year’s Day.
Under the Retail Trading Act 2008, some public holidays in NSW are considered ‘restricted’ trading days in which shops are expected to close completely or for restricted hours — these being Good Friday, Easter Sunday, ANZAC Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
But this one-off public holiday will not follow this requirement.
For employers and employees, the provisions of the Fair Work Act 2009 regarding working on public holidays will apply.
More information on those provisions can be found here.
The Victorian government has announced similar trading conditions to NSW, with the day being considered a normal public holiday trading day.
In its announcement, the state government has urged employers and employees seeking information about their rights and responsibilities regarding public holidays to seek advice from their business organisations or relevant unions.
The difference between the two states, however, is that Victoria already has a state public holiday locked in on September 23, with its annual Grand Final Eve celebration before the AFL Grand Final match held on Saturday.
This means Victorians are now looking at a four-day weekend, and Victorian businesses will be expected to pay staff penalty rates accordingly.
Additionally, the public holiday to mark Sovereign’s birthday on the second Monday in June will now be known as the King’s Birthday. No administrative changes are required for this.
Western Australia is in a similar position to Victoria, with the one-off public holiday falling just days prior to Monday September 26, the day in which the state celebrates the Queen’s Birthday public holiday.
Businesses will therefore be expected to pay penalty rates for four days across a five day period, however, the state government is yet to officially confirm trading hours for September 22.
“Final details regarding the implementation of the public holiday are being worked through as a matter of urgency and will be announced soon to provide the community clarity,” a WA government spokeswoman said.
Retail stores in South Australia will be allowed to trade on next Thursday’s national public holiday, with the state government agreeing to authorise an exemption to its Shop Trading Hours Act.
Shops in the city and suburb can trade between 12pm and 9pm, similar to Anzac Day, with workers being paid their usual public holiday rates.
“Usual arrangements for public holidays will be in place, including the closure of schools, banks and the payment of public holiday penalty rates to workers, in accordance with their employment agreements,” the statement from South Australian Premier Peter Malinauskas reads.
Queensland is yet to confirm trading conditions for the National Day of Mourning.
Tasmania is yet to confirm trading conditions for the National Day of Mourning.
The Northern Territory is yet to confirm trading conditions for the National Day of Mourning.
Australian Capital Territory
The ACT is yet to confirm trading conditions for the National Day of Mourning.
This article will be updated accordingly when further information is provided by states and territories regarding their trading hours and trading restrictions on September 22, 2022, the National Day of Mourning for Her Majesty the Queen.
The story is originally published on Smart Company.
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