Our Weekends and Public Holidays are Under Attack

Retail workers work incredibly hard day in and day out and we believe they deserve time off just like everybody else.

The SA Liberal Government is proposing to change South Australia’s trading hours to allow all shops to open 24 hours a day, 7 days week – including on most public holidays. 

We’re concerned about the impact this will have on workers’ rosters and right to time off.


In 2018, their trading hours bill was defeated thanks to the stories and support of SDA members.

But the Liberals continue to push for these changes so we need your help.

Make your voice heard – tell us how this plan could impact you.

Find out more about how deregulation will hurt South Australia here.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Longer trading hours won’t mean there’s more money in people’s pockets.
Big business argues that extending trading hours will increase employment in the industry.

However, a report by the Productivity Commission found that when trading hours were deregulated in Victoria and NSW, there was no significant evidence of increased economic benefits or positive impact.

Deregulating trading hours will also mean that local, independently owned businesses will start losing customers to larger retail chains. This will have an adverse impact on employment in the retail sector.

In 2006, the South Australian Government review into changing retail trading hours concluded:

“ABS data on retail turnover provides no evidence of a benefit, in that there has been no apparent increase in rate of growth of retail employment in South Australia [since further liberalisation of trading hours]”.

The experience of most retail workers has been that previous extensions of retail trading hours has not increased the total number of hours of work available.

Retail workers report that these hours are simply redistributed because the sales made during the new extended trading hours cannibalise sales at other times of the week.

The retailers respond by simply changing rosters and cutting hours at other times.

The opportunity to work has shifted away from ‘normal’ working hours toward unsociable working hours. Extended trading hours force workers who have family commitments to work more and more hours away from their friends and family.

Big retail businesses want to extend trading hours because it will lead to greater market share.

South Australia has the largest proportion of independent retail. This means that the major players have less market power and there is more access to the market for many small producers.

The Liberal Government in supporting the push are supporting big business at the expense of smaller retailers, producers and workers.

There is little genuine demand from consumers for further extended trading hours. This push is not being led by consumers, but by Steven Marshall and Liberal Party who are doing the bidding of the big end of town.

A recent survey by the McKell Institute found that over 80% of South Australians are satisfied with South Australia’s current trading hours arrangement.