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Business SA: Shop Trading Hours

With online retail sales having grown 90% in the past five years, and the recent introduction of Amazon still making its mark, deregulating shop trading hours is critical to helping level the playing field for South Australia’s bricks and mortar retailers.

Productivity Commission: Relative Costs of Doing Business in Australia: Retail Trade

Trading hours restrictions arose in response to cultural and social expectations that are decades, and in some cases centuries, old. They are increasingly out of step with changing patterns of work, leisure and shopping as shown by the widespread take-up of extended shopping hours, and technological developments that allow consumers to shop online 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Competition Policy Review: Final Report

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data show that employment in retail trade in Tasmania increased significantly, from 23,500 total jobs in November 2002 to 25,500 total jobs in November 2003. This represented 8.3 per cent retail jobs growth over the year, which was greater than the 4.3 per cent average jobs growth across all Tasmanian industries.