South-east Queensland’s major retailers and supermarkets will be able to open for longer following a decision by the state’s industrial watchdog.
From December, they will have the option to trade between 7:00am to 9:00pm Monday to Saturday.
In general, they can currently operate from 8:00am to 9:00pm Monday to Friday, and 8:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday.
Only south-east Queensland shopping centres would be affected, from the New South Wales border to Gatton and as far north as Noosa.
No changes were made to trading hours on Sundays and public holidays, in Friday’s ruling by the independent Queensland Industrial Relation Commission (QIRC).
The National Retail Association had asked the commission for the extension, to give consumers more options and create more consistency in shopping times.
It said the changes mean major retailers and supermarkets inside shopping centres can open longer, which could make it viable for the smaller stores to do the same.
The association’s Dominique Lamb said the decision could create an extra 1,000 jobs and inject an extra $100 million a year into the community.
She said current operating hours were outdated, particularly Saturday’s, which has not been reviewed in 20 years.
“The world has changed a lot in that time, and we believe the shopping habits of residents in this large metropolitan region have moved on,” Ms Lamb said.
State Government takes note for its own review
Ms Lamb said the QIRC’s ruling provided a guide for the Palaszczuk Government, which is reviewing trading hours for the state, including Sundays and public holidays.
The review is due to be handed down by Christmas.
Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said they would be taking into account this ruling.
“It will also consider any other relevant matters, including the impact on workers and small business.”