Your Rights on Boxing Day in Adelaide

The State Liberal Government has again ignored retail workers and announced that shops in suburban Adelaide will be allowed to open on Boxing Day from 9am-5pm.

Thanks to the SDA’s campaigning, we have secured a condition on the exemption that all work on Boxing Day in Adelaide suburbs is strictly voluntary in shops that usually would not be allowed to open on Public Holidays. 

We know for many retail workers, it’s hard to say no when pressured to work on Public Holidays. If you’re being pressured to work, we strongly encourage you to get in contact with us so we can fix the issue and report it to SafeWork SA.

Work in the CBD?

The State Government has also announced that CBD shops can open on Boxing Day from 9am to 5pm, instead of 11am.

Under the Government’s exemption, work from 9am-11am on Boxing Day in the CBD is voluntary for all retail workers – including salaried managers.

For most SDA members covered by an SDA-negotiated Agreement, work from 11am-5pm on Boxing Day is also voluntary in the CBD. If you work in the CBD and is unsure about your rights on Boxing Day, please call us on 8139 1000

Additional trading hours over Christmas:

As in previous years, the South Australian Government has announced additional trading hours in the lead up to Christmas. All work during these additional hours is also strictly voluntary.

City and suburban shops will be able to open at the following times on the following days:
• Sunday December 1 – 9am-5pm
• Sunday December 8 – 9am-5pm
• Sunday December 15 – 9am-5pm
• Saturday December 21 – 9am-6pm
• Sunday December 22 – 9am-6pm
• Thursday December 26 (Boxing Day) – 9am-5pm
• Sunday December 29 – 9am-5pm

Shops may also choose to stay open until midnight on:
• Friday November 29
• Thursday December 19
• Friday December 20
• Monday December 23