Australia’s top retailers have welcomed the Western Australian Government’s decision to unlock retail trading hours in Perth’s metropolitan area on the Queen’s Birthday public holiday, throughout the Christmas trading period, New Year’s Day and Australia Day.
Retail Council CEO Anna McPhee said moves to deregulate trading hours in Western Australia are a positive step that would deliver employment and economic benefits for the state and follows announcements made by the Government earlier this year to expand Sunday trading in several regional areas.
“The decision to extend trading hours and provide consumers with an additional 59 shopping hours shows an understanding of modern consumer expectations, the value of retail to the economy and its capacity to create jobs.
“We are also particularly pleased by Minister Minchin’s commitment today to address anomalies in the current Retail Trading Hours Act, particularly for hardware stores.
“This coupled with the Barnett Government’s 2017 election commitment to extend Sunday trading hours demonstrates an understanding of the more than $14 billion and more than 130,000 jobs retail contributes and supports in Western Australia.
“Actions in recent years to expand Sunday and public holiday trading hours within the metropolitan Perth area has been particularly successful – resulting in higher consumer spending for both large and small businesses as well as higher employment.
“Western Australia has one of the most complex and restrictive retail trading regimes in the country. Extended trading hours enable consumers to benefit from the convenience of being able to shop when they want to shop,” said Ms McPhee.
The Retail Council believes today’s announcement is another step in the right direction to deregulate retail trading hours in Western Australia and acknowledges the Government’s moves in recent years to benefit the consumer, retail employees and the economy.
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