The Shop Trading Hours Act 1984 regulates the trading hours of certain retail shops, and covers related matters.

This Act does not cover the trading hours of:

  • service stations
  • real estate or auction houses
  • the sale of motor vehicles
  • car yards or dealers advertising or exposing motor vehicles for sale
  • the sale of replacement parts necessary for essential repairs to motor vehicles
  • pubs, night clubs and hotels where alcohol is the main good sold
  • restaurants and cafes whose ‘principal business’ is providing meals or cooked food

Factors like profits, resources and assets may need to be considered when determining a ‘principal business’.