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- Restricted trading days
- Exemptions to restricted days
Restricted trading days
Victorian law specifies that there are two and a half restricted trading days each year:
- Good Friday
- Christmas Day
- Between 12.01 am and 1pm on ANZAC Day.
On these particular days, only exempt shops are permitted to open.
What are exempt shops?
Exempt shops are businesses that meet the following criteria:
- they have 20 or fewer persons employed in the shop at any time during a restricted trading day
- the number of persons employed by the business and its related entities is no more than 100 at any time during the seven days immediately before the restricted trading day
Exemptions to restricted trading days
Certain types of business are exempt from any restricted trading days. They can open whenever they wish throughout the year. The types of business that are exempt are:
- petrol shops
- takeaway outlets
- service providers
- hire outlets (including video stores).
Late night trading and the provision of liquor on restricted trading days
Businesses such as restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs and bottle shops, may have additional restrictions in place regarding the supply for alcohol on restricted trading days. Please check with the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation for further information.
What happens when public holiday falls on a weekend?
When a public holiday falls on a weekend and a substitute public holiday is declared - such as Australia Day 2019 falling on a Saturday and a substitute public holiday declared for Monday 28 January - then the public holiday is the Monday, not the Saturday, in accordance with s.6 of the Public Holidays Act 1993.