Anzac Day trading hours

State legislation regarding private employment agents, trading hours, public holidays and child employment continues to apply to all businesses and employees in Queensland.

Trading hours for Anzac Day depend on the category of the retail shop.

Exempt shops

Exempt shops, except for the sub-category of independent retail shops, have unrestricted trading hours and may trade on Anzac Day.

Independent retail shops as a sub-category of exempt shops

Independent retail shops must remain closed until 1pm on Anzac Day, except if they are a predominantly food and/or grocery store, which can trade unrestricted.

However, specific trading hour restrictions apply for licensed premises. For more information, read Trading hours for liquor licensees.

Non-exempt shops

Non-exempt shops must remain closed on Anzac Day.

Factories and shops (which includes offices) in Queensland are required to close on Anzac Day (25 April each year) with the following exceptions:

  • racing venues (horses or greyhounds)
  • offices or agencies of TAB (Qld)
  • premises licensed under the Liquor Act 1992 (Qld) or Wine Industry Act 1994 (Qld) (see Anzac Day trading hours for licensed premises)
  • real estate offices, which may open only for the purpose of rental transactions and must not sell real estate or conduct open house inspections
  • premises engaged in:
    • printing, publishing and distributing newspapers
    • manufacturing, distributing or supplying gas, electricity or water
    • necessary continuous manufacturing or mining
    • essential services
    • supplying of milk
    • manufacturing bread and the preparation of food in restaurants, cafes, pastry cook and hot takeaway food kitchens.

Places of public amusement such as cinemas, amusement parks and sporting events (for the entertainment of the general public, whether or not an entry fee is charged) are not permitted to open until 1.30pm, unless written permission has been granted by the Minister for Industrial Relations.