Trading hours of retail shops in Queensland

COVID-19 food and grocery trading hours

The Chief Health Officer has revoked the Trading Hours Notice on 3 July 2020 and it is no longer in effect.

Under the previous Notice, which operated from 19 March 2020, an owner or operator of a business used predominantly for the sale of food or groceries or both, was permitted to open the business from 7am on a day the shop is permitted to trade, to enable people to obtain essential groceries.

This meant that owners and operators of non-exempt shops predominantly selling food or groceries could open their business from 7am on any day the shop would normally trade. Food and grocery shops that are permitted to open before 7am under the Trading (Allowable Hours) Act 1990 could continue.

For details, read the Notice.

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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