Trading hours of retail shops in Queensland

National Day of Mourning for Her Majesty The Queen

For 2022 only, 22 September 2022 is appointed as a public holiday.

An amendment to the Holidays Act 1983 was passed by Parliament on 15 September 2022.

Shop trading hours in Queensland depend on the type of shop.

There are 2 categories of shops defined by the Trading (Allowable Hours) Act 1990:

  • exempt shops – have unrestricted trading hours and are specifically listed in the Act
    • independent retail shops – generally have unrestricted trading hours, but have limited numbers of employees
  • non-exempt shops – large retailers including supermarkets and department stores.

Hours of trade may also be restricted by other regulations. For example, licensed premises must comply with the Liquor Act 1992 and the Wine Industry Act 1994.

Sunday and public holiday trading hours vary and are listed separately.

This guide explains each category of retail shop and what trading hours apply, both normally and for various public holidays.


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