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The Shop Trading Hours Act 1977 regulates the trading hours of retail shops in South Australian shopping districts. Non-compliance with the legislation may result in prosecution by SafeWork SA.


21/12/07 JOHN COURTNEY: was convicted ex parte (the matter was dealt with by the court in the absence of the defendant) and fined $4 000 for six breaches of s14(2) of the Act. On 28 and 29 May 2005 and 3, 5, 11 and 13 June 2005 Mr Courtney sold, or caused or permitted to be sold, goods in a shop at Adelaide Showground at a time when the shop was required to be closed.

3/6/05 CUTLER MUIR'S PTY LTD: was convicted and fined $10 500 plus costs after pleading guilty to three counts of s14(1) and s14(2), and one count of s14A(1) of the Act.

On three successive Sundays (20 and 27 July and 3 August 2003) the company:

  • failed to cause its shop to be closed and fastened against the admission of the public at a time when it was not entitled to be open, and
  • permitted goods to be sold at a time when the shop was required to be closed.

On 20 July 2003 the company also published or caused to be published an advertisement that its shop would be open on 20 July 2003 between 9am and 4.30 pm, which was a period when the shop was required to be closed.

3/6/05 BRUCE CUTLER: was convicted and fined $3 000 plus costs after pleading guilty to a breach of s8(3)(d) of the Act. On 12 August 2003 Mr Cutler failed to produce documents as required by an Inspector.

17/1/03 GAMBLECT PTY LTD: was convicted and fined $2 500 plus costs on two counts for breaching of s14(2) of the Act. On 23 and 30 June 2002 the company sold goods at a time when the shop was required to be closed.

20/11/02 MOMENTUM BRAND MANAGEMENT PTY LTD: was convicted and fined $2 000 plus costs on two counts for breaching s14(2) of the Act. Between 5 and 10 June 2002 the company sold goods when the shop was required to be closed - one day a Sunday and the other a public holiday.