If your business operates in Queensland, you should be aware that there are certain restrictions under state legislation, for trading hours on Anzac day, which is Thursday 25th April. This includes factories, offices and shops. Specifically, the following restrictions apply:

Exempt shops (other than independent retail shops), have businesses will have unrestricted trading hours, and may trade at any time on Anzac Day. Exempt shops include businesses that are often small businesses, such as:

antique shop

art gallery or arts and crafts shop

aquarium, aquarium accessories or pet shop

bait and tackle or marine shop

bookseller’s or newsagent’s shop

bread, cake or pastry shop

butcher’s shop

camping equipment shop

chemist shop

confectionery shop or ice-cream parlour

Many other types of businesses also come under this category. You can check if your business falls under this classification here.

If your business is not on this list, it may be classed as an independent retail shop, in which case, it must be closed on until 1pm, unless it’s a predominately food/grocery store which has no restrictions. Your business would be considered an independent retail shop if:

  • The business is run by an individual, partnership or a proprietary company (does not include a public company or related corporation).
  • There are no more than 30 people, including the owner, engaged in the shop at any one time.
  • There are no more than 100 people engaged by the owner in all shops throughout Queensland at any one time.
  • The business is not conducted within a non-exempt shop or part thereof.

All non-exempt shops, such as large retailers, hardware stores and car sales yards must remain closed on Anzac Day, as well as factories and offices, excluding the following business categories:

  • racing venues (horses or greyhounds)
  • offices or agencies of TAB (Qld)
  • premises licensed under the Liquor Act 1992 (Qld) or Wine Industry Act 1994 (Qld) (see Anzac Day trading hours for licensed premises)
  • real estate offices, which may open only for the purpose of rental transactions and must not sell real estate or conduct open house inspections
  • premises engaged in:
  • printing, publishing and distributing newspapers
  • manufacturing, distributing or supplying gas, electricity or water
  • necessary continuous manufacturing or mining
  • essential services
  • supplying of milk
  • manufacturing bread and the preparation of food in restaurants, cafes, pastry cook and hot takeaway food kitchens.

If you’re operating a licensed venue, there are a variety of obligations regarding your trading hours, with standard licensing obligations for Anzac Day including:

On 24 April, the sale and supply of alcohol must cease at midnight (with a grace period of 30 minutes permitted until 12.30am).

From 10am to 1pm on Anzac Day (25 April), liquor may only be sold or supplied with a meal in a part of the premises that is ordinarily set aside for dining, if the meal is also prepared, served and intended to be eaten on the premises.

Take away liquor is not permitted before 1pm on Anzac Day.

After 1pm on Anzac Day, normal liquor trading hours and conditions apply.

No gaming is permitted between midnight and 1pm on 25 April. After 1pm normal trading hours will apply.

If you have any questions concerning wages or opening hours, contact our team on 1300 766 380 to discuss the requirements for your business.

We’ll also be closed on Anzac Day, returning to work on Friday 26th April. If you have any concerns about your planned trading hours, be sure to give us a call!

*The links within this blog post only refer to QLD Government Regulations. Please refer to your state’s government resources or contact us should you have an interstate inquiry.