Greater Flexibility For Retail Trading Hours

Greater Flexibility For Retail Trading Hours

Western Australia Minister for Commerce and Small Business Simon O’Brien

Change To Retail Trading Laws A Boost For Small Business And Consumers

Victor P Taffa

Commerce and Small Business Minister Simon O’Brien today announced an increase in the number of people that small retail shops in Western Australia are able to have working at any one time.

Mr. O’Brien said the increase from 13 to 18 and subsequent law change for small retail shops a category allowed to open 24 hours a day, every day of the year if they chose would be welcomed by businesses and consumers alike.

“Allowing small retail shops to have up to 18 staff working at one time will give existing stores the flexibility to employ more people and expand their operations, while at the same time provide other stores with the opportunity to become small retail shops and trade 24/7 if they choose.” Mr. O’Brien said.

“Relaxing the staff cap will assist about 7,000 small retail shops in WA by providing more flexibility and helping them to improve customer services, the range of goods available and to be more competitive.”

“The State Government expects a number of new applications for small retail shop certificates, increasing the amount of shops which are allowed to open any time, any day of the year. This will create greater choice for consumers and boost employment in the retail sector.” Mr. O’Brien said.

“Limiting staff numbers to 13 at small retail shops proved to be too restrictive for some stores and this law change, in response to that problem, fits in with the Government’s aim to foster small to medium-sized businesses and, in turn, stimulate the economy.”

“The Government has already provided incremental reform of retail trading hours by extending weekday trading to 9pm and expanding the number of special trading precincts, measures delivering greater choice and flexibility to WA consumers.”

“These new reforms are part of the Liberal-National Government’s incremental change towards a less regulated retail trading system.” Mr. O’Brien said.

“We are committed to continuing this program of reform which will deliver a modern retail environment that serves the needs of Western Australian consumers.”

“These reforms keep pace with the changes in urban lifestyles and working hours in recent years and provide meaningful benefits to the many busy families and individuals who are finding that traditional shopping hours no longer meet their needs.” Mr. O’Brien said.

Amendments to the Retail Trading Hours Act 1987 to increase the staff cap to 18 will be introduced to State Parliament next week. The cap was originally four when the Act was passed in 1987 and was last increased from 10 to 13 in 2006.