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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:

  • 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.

ANZAC Day additional restrictions

In addition to the provisions above, on ANZAC Day (25 April) the following types of businesses must not operate before 1:00pm on ANZAC Day:

  • cinema (whether indoors or outdoor)
  • other entertainment, including but not limited to, live dance or music event, a concert or play
  • real estate auctions.

Factories and Warehouses on ANZAC Day

For businesses that are factories or warehouses or where any premise has any manufacturing process being carried on, these businesses must be closed throughout ANZAC Day subject to the prescribed criteria in the ANZAC Day Act.

For further information regarding opening and operating on ANZAC Day, please refer to the ANZAC Day Act.