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Operating on a public holiday

Find out if you're allowed to open on a public holiday

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  • Restricted trading days
  • Exemptions to restricted days

Australia Day public holiday 2019

As Australia Day 2019 falls on Saturday 26 January, a substitute public holiday has been declared for Monday 28 January. As such, 26 January is not treated as a public holiday.

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:

  • chemists
  • petrol shops
  • restaurants
  • cafes
  • 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.