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Where a shop is located, its size and what it sells determines whether it is exempt or non-exempt from the state's shop trading laws. This in turn determines trading days and hours, including for weekends and public holidays.

Shop trading returns to pre-Coronavirus hours

Allowable trading hours for non-exempt shops in the Adelaide CBD and suburbs returns to normal from Sunday, 19 July 2020.

See the media release for further information.

2020 Australia Day trading arrangements

Sunday, 26 January 2020 is a normal Sunday trading day. The Australia Day public holiday is observed on Monday, 27 January 2020.

The 2020 Australia Day trading arrangements for non-exempt shops are as follows:

CBDMetro Hardware etc Proclaimed Districts
Sunday, 26 January 2020 11am to 5pm 11am to 5pm 9am to 5pm CLOSED
Monday, 27 January 2020 11am to 5pm CLOSED 9am to 5pm CLOSED

CBD: Central Business District Tourist Precinct.

Metro: Metropolitan Shopping District and Glenelg Tourist Precinct.

Hardware etc: shops in all Shopping Districts selling hardware and building materials, furniture, floor coverings, motor vehicle parts and accessories.

Proclaimed Districts: Millicent, Binnum and Grace (Mallala).

2020 Easter trading arrangements

Easter Saturday trading arrangements have changed following the Government's decision to extend shop trading hours to alleviate pressures due to the Coronavirus.

An additional exemption has been declared that allows motor vehicle and boat dealerships to trade until 5pm on Easter Saturday if they choose.

The recent exemption that allows Easter Monday trading in the Adelaide suburbs still applies.

The Millicent Business Community Association has been granted an exemption for non-exempt shops in the Millicent Shopping District to trade from 9.00am to 5.00pm on Easter Saturday. The hours that non-exempt shops can choose to open over the 2020 Easter holiday weekend are summarised in the table below.

CBDMetro Hardware etc Proclaimed Districts
Good Friday CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
Easter Saturday Until 9pm Until 9pm Until 9pm CLOSED
except Millicent: 9am to 5pm
Easter Sunday 11am to 5pm CLOSED 9am to 5pm CLOSED
Easter Monday 11am to 5pm 11am to 5pm 9am to 5pm CLOSED

CBD: Central Business District Tourist Precinct.

Metro: Metropolitan Shopping District and Glenelg Tourist Precinct.

Hardware etc: shops in all Shopping Districts selling hardware and building materials, furniture, floor coverings, motor vehicle parts and accessories.

Proclaimed Districts: Millicent, Binnum and Grace (Mallala).

2020 Anzac Day trading arrangements

Saturday, 25 April 2020 is the Anzac Day public holiday and there is no substitute or additional public holiday when Anzac Day falls on a Saturday.

Anzac Day trading arrangements have changed following the Government's decision to extend shop trading hours to alleviate pressures due to the Coronavirus. As a mark of respect for Anzac Day exempt shops are also asked to remain closed until 12pm.

The 2020 Anzac Day trading hours for non-exempt shops are as follows:

CBDMetro Hardware etc Proclaimed Districts
Saturday, 25 April 2020 12pm to 9pm 12pm to 9pm 12pm to 9pm CLOSED

CBD: Central Business District Tourist Precinct.

Metro: Metropolitan Shopping District and Glenelg Tourist Precinct.

Hardware etc: shops in all Shopping Districts selling hardware and building materials, furniture, floor coverings, motor vehicle parts and accessories.

Proclaimed Districts: Millicent, Binnum and Grace (Mallala).

Christmas trading arrangements

The 2020 Christmas trading arrangements have not yet been announced. The 2019 trading arrangements remain on this page for reference purposes.

2019 trading

In 2019 additional trading hours for non‑exempt shops were approved by the State Government in the lead-up to Christmas and for the post‑Christmas sales period.

Normal trading hours occurred on all other days.

Two exemption notices were published in the SA Government Gazette on 7 November 2019 that provides non‑exempt shops with a range of additional trading hours that includes Boxing Day (26 December) and 'Black Friday' (29 November).

An important condition of the exemptions was that anyone working during these extended hours did so on a strictly voluntary basis.

The additional trading hours for the 2019 Christmas trading period were:

DayCBDMetro
Friday, 29 November 2019 until 12 midnight until 12 midnight
Sunday, 1 December 2019 9am to 5pm 9am to 5pm
Sunday, 8 December 2019 9am to 5pm 9am to 5pm
Sunday, 15 December 2019 9am to 5pm 9am to 5pm
Thursday, 19 December 2019 until 12 midnight until 12 midnight
Friday, 20 December 2019 until 12 midnight until 12 midnight
Saturday, 21 December 2019 until 6pm until 6pm
Sunday, 22 December 2019 9am to 6pm 9am to 6pm
Monday, 23 December 2019 until 12 midnight until 12 midnight
Thursday, 26 December 2019 9am to 5pm 9am to 5pm
Sunday, 29 December 2019 9am to 5pm 9am to 5pm

CBD: Central Business District Tourist Precinct.

Metro: Metropolitan Shopping District and Glenelg Tourist Precinct.

Retail trade report (2018)

Following the extended trading hours for non-exempt shops in the City and metro areas in 2018, the SA Government commissioned a report from the Commonwealth Bank of Australia on retail trading patterns in comparison to the previous year.