Tomorrow (Saturday 25 April) marks 100 years since Australian and New Zealand troops landed at Gallipoli during the First World War.

Falling on a Saturday, there has been some confusion around trading restrictions and whether or not Monday is also a public holiday. Despite the Greens best efforts to have Monday 27 April declared a public holiday across the nation, Western Australia is the only state to grant workers a day off.

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is urging retailers to understand their obligations, which vary from state to state. To help out they have provided a general guide to retail trading hours, for specific queries retailers are encouraged to contact the ARA directly.


Victorian based retailers cannot trade between midnight and 1pm on Anzac Day, unless they fall into the category of “exempt shops”, which includes businesses with 20 or fewer employees or businesses with no more than 100 workers at any one time in the seven days prior to Anzac Day. After 1pm, all businesses may open, however, some shops are free to trade all day, including chemists, petrol stations, cafes, restaurants, takeaway outlets and hire outlets such as video stores.

New South Wales

NSW follows similar rules to Victoria, with most businesses unable to open prior to 1pm. However exempt or small shops can open, including bookshops, chemists, newsagencies, petrol stations and convenience stores. There are also a number of exempt trading areas, based on local government areas.


Anzac Day is considered a normal day of trade in the ACT, however, many businesses choose to follow the tradition in other states of not trading before 1pm.

South Australia

Adelaide based retailers are prohibited from opening before 12pm as are hardware, furniture, floor coverings and motor vehicle parts businesses. Non-exempt businesses in the Greater Adelaide shopping district and other proclaimed shopping districts cannot trade on Anzac Day. Exempt businesses include service stations, restaurants, cafes, real estate auctions and night clubs and hotels where the main business is selling alcohol.


Independent shops must wait until 1pm to trade on Anzac Day, unless they are predominately food and/or grocery stores. However, supermarkets are closed on the Gold Coast, Cairns CBD and Port Douglas. There are exemptions for businesses involved in printing, publishing and distributing newspapers, utility companies, mining businesses, supplying milk, bakeries, cafes and takeaway food kitchens.

Particular areas of Queensland come with restrictions on trading before 1pm, including South East Queensland, New Farm, Yeppoon Tourist Area, Townsville (excluding the CBD and North Ward), Tourist and Seaside resorts, Great Barrier Reef Wonderland, Cairns Tourist Area, Port Douglas Tourist Area and Mossman, Whitsunday Shire Tourist Area, Hervey Bay Area, Townsville CBD (including North Ward, Toowoomba, Mackay, Innisfail, Atherton, Mereeba, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Emerald, Moranbah, Bundaberg, Fraser Coast, Gympie and Biloela.

Northern Territory

Anzac Day is considered a normal day of trade in the Northern Territory, although businesses many opt to remain closed before 1pm as a sign of respect.

Western Australia

Retailers in the Perth metropolitan area cannot trade on Anzac Day, with the exemption of small shops and “special retail shops” which can trade between 6am and 11.30pm. These include pharmacies, garden nurseries, hardware businesses, newsagencies, boating shops, shops at sporting venues and international standard hotels. All retailers in the Perth metropolitan area will be free to trade between 8am and 6pm on the replacement public holiday on Monday 27 April 2015.


All business must remain closed until 12:30pm, except for service stations, newsagencies and pharmacies.