The Shop Trading Hours Act 1977 prescribes certain trading restrictions for non-exempt shops on public holidays and other key dates that aren’t always a public holiday. This page will be updated if any exemptions are declared to permit or extend trading on a particular public holiday. In the absence of any exemptions, trading arrangements for this year’s public holidays and holiday periods are as follows:

New Year's Day

Shop trading arrangements for the New Year's Day public holiday (Friday, 1 January 2021) are as per standard public holiday trading.

Australia Day

Shop trading arrangements for Australia Day (Tuesday, 26 January 2021) are as per standard public holiday trading.

Adelaide Cup Day

An exemption has been declared that will allow non-exempts shops in the Metropolitan Shopping District and Glenelg Tourist Precinct to trade from 9am until 5pm on Adelaide Cup Day (Monday, 8 March 2021).

The exemption also allows non-exempt shops in the Central Business District to open at 9am to also provide them with 9am to 5pm trading on that day.

 CBDMetro Hardware etc Proclaimed Districts
Monday, 8 March 2021 9am to 5pm 9am to 5pm 9am to 5pm CLOSED

Easter

An exemption has been declared that will allow non-exempts shops (excluding motor vehicle and boat dealerships) in the Metropolitan Shopping District and Glenelg Tourist Precinct to trade from 11am until 5pm on Easter Monday (5 April 2021).

A further exemption has been declared that will allow motor vehicle and boat dealerships in the Greater Adelaide Shopping District (CBD and Metro) to trade on Easter Saturday until 5pm. The Proclaimed Shopping District of Millicent has also been provided with an exemption for Easter Saturday trading.

Easter 2021 trading hours for non-exempt shops are:

 CBDMetro Hardware etc Proclaimed Districts Car & boat dealerships
Good Friday CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
Easter Saturday until 5pm until 5pm until 5pm 7am to 5pm (Millicent) until 5pm
Easter Sunday 11am to 5pm CLOSED 9am to 5pm CLOSED CLOSED
Easter Monday 11am to 5pm 11am to 5pm 9am to 5pm CLOSED 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).

Anzac Day

An exemption has been declared that will allow non-exempts shops (excluding motor vehicle and boat dealerships) in the Metropolitan Shopping District and Glenelg Tourist Precinct to trade additional hours over the 2021 Anzac Day long weekend.

The normal restriction relating to Anzac Day trading (25 April) - that is, the 12 noon opening time - applies to non-exempt shops in the CBD, metro and hardware, furniture, floor coverings and auto parts shops.

 CBDMetro Hardware etc Proclaimed Districts
Sunday, 25 April 2021
(Anzac Day)
12 noon to 5pm 12 noon to 5pm 12 noon to 5pm CLOSED
Monday, 26 April 2021
(Public Holiday) 
11am to 5pm 11am to 5pm 9am to 5pm CLOSED

Queen's Birthday

An exemption has been declared that will allow non-exempts shops in the Metropolitan Shopping District and Glenelg Tourist Precinct to trade from 11am until 5pm on the Queen's Birthday public holiday (Monday, 14 June 2021).

 CBDMetro Hardware etc Proclaimed Districts
Monday, 14 June 2021 11am to 5pm 11am to 5pm 9am to 5pm CLOSED

Labour Day

An exemption has been declared that will allow non-exempts shops in the Metropolitan Shopping District and Glenelg Tourist Precinct to trade from 11am until 5pm on the Labour Day public holiday (Monday, 4 October 2021).

 CBDMetro Hardware etc Proclaimed Districts
Monday, 4 October 2021 11am to 5pm 11am to 5pm 9am to 5pm CLOSED

Christmas

Non-exempt shops are usually provided with additional trading hours for the Christmas shopping period.  Any exemptions relating to extended Christmas trading will be announced later in the year.

2020 trading hours

In 2020 additional trading hours for non‑exempt shops (excluding motor vehicle and boat dealerships) were approved by the State Government for:

  • 'Black Friday' (27 November)
  • selected days in the lead-up to Christmas
  • the Boxing Day sales.

A condition of the exemptions was that all employees working during these extended hours must do so voluntarily (that is, they cannot be forced to work additional shifts).

Normal trading hours applied on all other days.

DayCBD Metro & Glenelg
Friday, 27 November 2020 until 12 midnight until 12 midnight
Sunday, 29 November 2020 9am to 5pm 9am to 5pm
Sunday, 6 December 2020 9am to 5pm 9am to 5pm
Sunday, 13 December 2020 9am to 5pm 9am to 5pm
Thursday, 17 December 2020 until 12 midnight until 12 midnight
Friday, 18 December 2020 until 12 midnight until 12 midnight
Saturday, 19 December 2020 until 6pm until 6pm
Sunday, 20 December 2020 9am to 6pm 9am to 6pm
Wednesday, 23 December 2020 until 12 midnight until 12 midnight
Saturday, 26 December 2020 until 5pm 9am to 5pm
Sunday, 27 December 2020 9am to 5pm 9am to 5pm
Monday, 28 December 2020 9am to 5pm 9am to 5pm