Gold Coast retailers given go-ahead to open this Easter Sunday

Southeast Queensland retailers will be able to open their doors this Easter Sunday after an historic vote in State Parliament overnight.

It comes after Easter Sunday was made a public holiday in Queensland last year.

Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said that in the past, retailers in the southeast were forced to remain closed on Easter Sunday while their regional counterparts were permitted to trade.


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“This is now a thing of the past – for the first time, non-exempt retailers in the southeast will be able to open their doors,” Ms Grace said.

“This is a win for common sense that’s good for business and consumers, and good for tourism in the southeast.

“We had a crazy situation which meant that you could open on Easter Sunday in Mackay but not in Brisbane, the Gold Coast or the Sunshine Coast.

Ms Grace says The National Retailers Association supports the reform.

“The National Retailers Association supports the reform, which is part of the Palaszczuk Government’s overhaul of Queensland’s trading hours – the first major overhaul in 20 years.

“Our reforms to trading hours will help create up to 1,000 jobs in Queensland and cut red tape for business, while giving consumers more choice.

Ms Grace said it’s important to note that employees will not be forced to work the additional hours.

“Importantly, no-one will be made to work any of the additional hours allowed by these changes to trading hours unless they’ve voluntarily agreed to do so.

Easter Sunday falls on 16 April, 2017.