Shop trading hours in Queensland

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 each category of retail shop are listed below. Different hours may apply to Sundays and public holidays.

Special trading hours apply for Anzac Day, Easter, Labour Day and Christmas.

Follow these steps to work out what kind of shop you have, and when you can trade:

  1. Check the list of exempt shops to see if your shop is included in that list.
  2. If you are not included in the list of exempt shops, check the criteria for independent retail shops.
  3. If your shop doesn't fit into either of those categories you are a non-exempt shop.

Exempt shops

Exempt shops are defined in the Trading (Allowable Hours) Act 1990 and include:

  • the type of shops described in the list below
  • independent retail shops (see criteria below)
  • a shop operating in a stated area for an event – that is a unique or infrequent event of local, State or national significance and which is declared by the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) to be a special event. Example – 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Find out if you are an exempt shop

  • antique shop
  • art gallery or arts and crafts shop
  • aquarium, aquarium accessories or pet shop
  • bait and tackle or marine shop
  • bookseller's or newsagent’s shop
  • bread, cake or pastry shop
  • butcher's shop
  • camping equipment shop
  • chemist shop
  • confectionery shop or ice-cream parlour
  • cooked provisions shop (where the provisions are cooked or heated on the premises immediately before sale), milk bar, restaurant, café or refreshment shop
  • delicatessen
  • fish shop
  • flower shop
  • fruit and vegetable shop
  • funeral director's premises
  • hairdresser's, beautician's or barber's shop
  • licensed premises under the Liquor Act 1992 or the Wine Industry Act 1994 (although specific trading hour restrictions apply - read Trading hours for liquor licensees)
  • nursery (plant) shop for selling garden plants and shrubs, seeds, garden and landscaping supplies or equipment, and associated products
  • photographic shop
  • premises in relation to which a pawnbrokers licence under the Second-hand Dealers and Pawnbrokers Act 2003 is in force
  • service station
  • subject to section 5(4), shop of a class declared by regulation to be a class of exempt shop
  • shop for selling motor vehicle spare parts or motor cycle spare parts, or both
  • shop in an international airport terminal, cruise terminal, casino, or tourist resort on an off-shore island
  • soap shop
  • souvenir shop
  • special exhibition or display of goods (examples – an annual 3-day caravan, camping and fishing expo, a one-off launch of a new model of campervans held at a shopping centre)
  • sporting goods shop
  • tobacconist's shop
  • toy shop
  • veterinary supplies shop.

Independent retail shops (sub-category of exempt shops)

If your shop is not in the list of exempt shops and meets all of the following criteria, it is classified as an 'independent retail shop':

  • The business is run by an individual, partnership or a proprietary company (does not include a public company or related corporation).
  • There are no more than 30 people, including the owner, engaged in the shop at any one time.
  • There are no more than 100 people engaged by the owner in all shops throughout Queensland at any one time.
  • The business is not conducted within a non-exempt shop or part thereof.

Trading hours for exempt shops

Exempt shops, except for independent retail shops, have unrestricted trading hours. They may trade 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year, including all public holidays.

Independent retail shops as a sub-category of exempt shops can open at any time, including most public holidays except they must remain closed:

  • on Good Friday and 25 December (Christmas Day) each year*
  • until 1pm on 25 April (Anzac Day) each year*.

*These restrictions do not apply to an independent retail shop which is predominantly a food and/or grocery shop.

Special arrangements apply for shops in the Mossman and Port Douglas Tourist Area allowing all shops unrestricted trading for a period of 5 years from 31 August 2017.

Note: Hours of trade may be restricted by another Act or contract. For example licensed premises must comply with the Liquor Act 1992 and the Wine Industry Act 1994. For more information, read Trading hours for liquor licensees.

Non-exempt shops

Non-exempt shops are shops other than exempt shops and include:

  • large retailers including supermarkets, department stores and hardware shops
  • shops selling motor vehicles or caravans.

Trading hours for non-exempt shops

There are specific trading hours for non-exempt shops depending on their location. There are 4 defined areas:

  • south-east Queensland area
  • a defined tourist area (i.e. Area of New Farm of Inner City of Brisbane, Hamilton North Shore Area, Gold Coast Coastal Tourist Area, The Great Barrier Reef Wonderland Tourist Complex, the Town of Port Douglas, Cairns CBD Area and Pacific Fair Shopping Centre)
  • a schedule 1AB area (i.e. an area which, prior to 31 August 2017, had Sunday and public holiday trading)
  • a seaside resort (i.e. Tourist and/or seaside resorts – Rainbow Beach, Tin Can Bay, Burrum Heads, Woodgate, Moore Park, Keppel Sands and the islands off the sea coast of Queensland being part of the State of Queensland)

Trading hours for non-exempt shops other than non-exempt hardware shops and shops selling motor vehicles or caravans

Area

Monday to Friday

Saturday

Sunday and Public Holidays other than Closed days*

South East Queensland area (extending north to Noosa, south to Coolangatta and west to Gatton, excluding the defined tourist areas – see below)

7am to 9pm

7am to 9pm

9am to 6pm

Tourist area (i.e. the Area of New Farm of Inner City of Brisbane, Hamilton North Shore Area, Gold Coast Coastal Tourist Area, The Great Barrier Reef Wonderland Tourist Complex, the Town of Port Douglas, the Cairns CBD, Pacific Fair Shopping Centre)

6am to 10pm

7am to 10pm

7am to 9pm

Note: Special arrangements apply for shops in the Mossman and Port Douglas Tourist Area allowing all shops unrestricted trading for a period of 5 years from 31 August 2017.    

In any other area (which, prior to 31 August 2017, had Sunday and public holiday trading)

  • Biloela Area
  • Bundaberg Area
  • Cairns Tourist Area
  • City of Rockhampton
  • City of Toowoomba
  • Cooloola Cove Area
  • Dalby Area
  • Emerald Area
  • Emu Park Tourist Area
  • Fraser Coast Area
  • Gladstone Area
  • Gympie Area
  • Ingham Area
  • Innisfail Area
  • Mackay Area
  • Marian Area
  • Moranbah Area
  • Stanthorpe Area
  • Tablelands Area (Mareeba and Atherton)
  • Townsville and Thuringowa Area (excluding Townsville Tourist Area)
  • Warwick Area
  • Whitsunday Shire Tourist Area
  • Yeppoon Tourist Area

8am to 9pm

8am to 6pm

9am to 6pm

Townsville Tourist Area

7am to 9pm

8am to 6pm

9am to 6pm

In a seaside resort

(Tourist and/or seaside resorts)

8am to 9pm

8am to 6pm

Sunday: closed

Public holidays: 9am to 6pm

In any other area (which, prior to 31 August 2017, did not have Sunday and public holiday trading)

(This includes, but is not limited to, a number of regional towns such as Ayr, Blackwater, Bowen, Charleville, Charters Towers, Childers, Chinchilla, Cloncurry, Goondiwindi, Home Hill, Kingaroy, Longreach, Mission Beach, Mt Isa, Nanango, Oakey, Pittsworth, Proserpine, Roma, Weipa)

8am to 9pm

8am to 6pm

Including Easter Saturday (the day after Good Friday)

Closed

Excluding Easter Saturday (the day after Good Friday)

(8am to 6pm)

* Closed days: Good Friday, 25 April (Anzac Day), Labour Day and 25 December (Christmas Day).

Note: Special arrangements apply for shops in the Mossman and Port Douglas Tourist Area allowing all shops unrestricted trading for a period of 5 years from 31 August 2017.

Trading hours for non-exempt hardware shops

Area

Monday to Friday

Saturday

Sunday and Public Holidays other than Closed days*

South East Queensland area (extending north to Noosa, south to Coolangatta and west to Gatton, excluding the defined tourist areas – see below)

6am to 9pm

6am to 9pm

6am to 6pm

Tourist area (i.e. the Area of New Farm of Inner City of Brisbane, Hamilton North Shore Area, Gold Coast Coastal Tourist Area, the Great Barrier Reef Wonderland Tourist Complex, the Town of Port Douglas, the Cairns CBD, Pacific Fair Shopping Centre)

6am to 10pm

6am to 10pm

6am to 9pm

In any other area

6am to 9pm

6am to 6pm

6am to 6pm

* Closed days: Good Friday, 25 April (Anzac Day), Labour Day and 25 December (Christmas Day).

Note: Special arrangements apply for shops in the Mossman and Port Douglas Tourist Area allowing all shops unrestricted trading for a period of 5 years from 31 August 2017.

Trading hours for motor vehicle and caravan sales

Area

Monday to Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Public Holidays other than Closed days*

Car yards (located in the Gold Coast Area, Redcliffe Peninsula, City of Brisbane Area, City of Logan Area, Town of Beenleigh Area, Near North Coast Area, Shire of Pine Rivers, Redland Shire and City of Ipswich)

8am to 9pm

8am to 6pm

Closed

8am to 6pm

Car yards (outside of the areas listed above)

8am to 9pm

8am to 5pm

Closed

Closed

Caravan yards

8am to 9pm

8am to 6pm

Closed

Closed

Combined caravan and car yards

8am to 9pm

8am to 5pm

Closed

Closed

* Closed days: Good Friday, 25 April (Anzac Day), Labour Day and 25 December (Christmas Day).

Public holidays and closed days

Closed days for all non-exempt shops:

  • Good Friday
  • Anzac Day (25 April)
  • Labour Day (first Monday in May)
  • Christmas Day (25 December).

Non-exempt shops in regional areas must remain closed on Sundays and public holidays.

Public holidays which are not closed days:

  • New Year's Day (1 January)*
  • Australia Day (26 January)*
  • The day after Good Friday (date varies)
  • Easter Sunday (date varies)
  • Easter Monday (date varies)
  • Queen's Birthday (first Monday in October)
  • Local shows (dates vary)
  • Boxing Day (26 December)*.

* The Holidays Act 1983 allows for additional public holidays on the following Monday or Tuesday when certain public holidays fall on a weekend:

  • New Year's Day
  • Australia Day
  • Anzac Day (only if it falls on a Sunday)
  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day.

Find out exact dates for public and show holidays.

Special conditions apply on Anzac Day, Easter and Christmas.

Advertising for business outside lawful trading hours

It is illegal for independent and non-exempt shops to advertise that a shop will be open outside the hours permitted by the Trading (Allowable Hours) Act 1990.

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