A multi-million-dollar economic injection into the state’s retail sector is expected as a result of the Marshall Liberal Government’s decision to approve extended shop trading in the suburbs on Boxing Day again this year, supporting thousands of local jobs.
The changes will include all shops being allowed to open 2 hours earlier at 9am on five Sundays from late November and throughout December, and the opportunity for a marathon 45-hours’ shopping up until 9pm on Christmas Eve.
And in another big win for consumers and local retailers, Treasurer Rob Lucas has also approved extended trade for ‘Black Friday’ (November 27), giving all stores across Adelaide the option to trade an extra 3 hours until midnight – to capitalise on the growing popularity of ‘Black Friday’ sales.
Black Friday – the day after Thanksgiving in the United States – is becoming increasingly recognised in Australia as the unofficial start of the holiday season and, as such, has prompted many local retailers to choose this day to launch their early sales.
Treasurer Lucas said extended shop trading would provide a huge ‘shot in the arm’ to the local economy, supporting thousands of retail jobs in bricks and mortar businesses.
“We saw massive support last year for extended shop trading, with tens of thousands of South Australians turning out right across the city and suburbs on Boxing Day and also Black Friday, which has become the unofficial start of the Christmas trading season,” said Mr Lucas.
“We expect similar scenes this year, which will provide an enormous boost to the economy as we continue to recover from COVID-19.
“Importantly, no employee will be forced to work additional hours during any of the extended shop trading.
“To reinforce this, the exemption, which is the same that has been used in previous years and for Boxing Day last year – contains a condition that all employees working during the extended hours will do so on a strictly voluntary basis.”
Last year, Black Friday was reportedly the busiest trading day on Rundle Mall’s calendar.
Tens of thousands of shoppers flocked to the sales in the CBD and Westfield Marion until midnight – with many major retailers, including David Jones, Myer, MECCA and Nike among those taking part in the late-night trade. Westfield West Lakes and Tea Tree Plaza capitalised on growing excitement, extended their trade from the usual 5pm finish to 9pm.
This year, Boxing Day falls on a Saturday for the first time since 2015.
As such, employees will receive Saturday penalty rates on Boxing Day (26 December) plus public holiday penalty rates on Proclamation Day (28 December). An important condition of the additional trading exemptions is that anyone working extended hours does so on a voluntary basis.
Shop Trading hours to be gazetted today:
Black Friday (November 27):
Non-exempt shops in the CBD and suburbs are exempt between the hours of 9:00pm and 12 midnight on Friday, 27 November 2020.
Non-exempt shops in the CBD and suburbs are exempt between the hours of
- 9:00am and 11am on Sundays, 29 November, 6 December, 13 December, 20 December, and 27 December 2020;
- 9:00pm and 12 midnight on Thursday 17 December, Friday 18 December and Wednesday 23 December; and
- 5:00pm and 6pm on Saturday 19 December and Sunday 20 December
Boxing Day – Saturday, December 26
Non-exempt shops in the suburbs are exempt between 9:00am and 5:00pm.
(Under the Act, all shops in the CBD are already allowed to open on Boxing Day when it falls on a Saturday until 5pm).
Proclamation Day public holiday – Monday, December 28
Non-exempt shops within the CBD can open 2 hours earlier from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Non-exempt shops across the suburbs can now trade between 9:00am and 5:00pm.