NSW government initiates review of Anzac Day trading laws

Interested parties can submit inputs until 20 October

NSW government initiates review of Anzac Day trading laws

The NSW government has announced a comprehensive review of retail trading laws on the observance of Anzac Day.

The Retail Trading Act 2008 mandates closing certain businesses, including supermarkets and fashion retailers, until 1 p.m. on Anzac Day. Some businesses, such as pharmacies, petrol stations, markets, cafes and takeaway restaurants, are automatically exempt from the rule.

The impending review will assess whether these trading restrictions should be extended, allowing for a more significant portion of the public holiday to be observed without commercial activities.

The decision to reevaluate Anzac Day trading hours comes amid ongoing debates about the adequate recognition of this significant day in Australian history. Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the first significant military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War, landing in Gallipoli in 1915, and is one of Australia's most important occasions.

Several traditions, including dawn and sunset services, veteran marches, and wreath-laying ceremonies, mark the day. Trading restrictions allow workers and business operators to participate in commemorative and community events and pay their respects.

Presently, trading restrictions vary across Australian jurisdictions, with some states allowing retail outlets to open in the early afternoon while others enforce a complete closure throughout the day.

The NSW government has invited interested parties to share their views on the changes to trading hours on Anzac Day. This will help inform the government's decision. Interested parties can submit written contributions through the NSW Government's website. The consultation period is open until 5 p.m. on 20 October.

Minister for Industrial Relations Sophie Cotsis said, "I look forward to hearing from business groups, unions, RSLs and other stakeholders about how they feel about this potential change. We want to hear whether retail workers and other parties would appreciate a greater opportunity to commemorate Anzac Day in NSW."

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