Anzac Day Trading

Anzac Day trading

From 15 October 2018, all legislative provisions relating to activities that can be undertaken on Anzac Day are contained within the Anzac Day Observance Act 1929.

Under the Anzac Day Observance Act 1929, it is an offence to open a shop before 12.30pm on Anzac Day.

If a non-exempt shop is open before 12.30pm, the occupier may be fined.

A non-exempt shop will be considered open if it:

  • is unlocked or open for public admission or
  • sells goods, seeks orders from or delivers goods to customers.

The Anzac Day trading restrictions do not apply to the following shops:

  • pharmacies
  • newsagencies
  • shops that are not part of a shopping centre, plaza or mall and where the number of employees that worked in the shop on any day in the preceding March did not exceed 10 and
  • 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
  • shops or classes of shops that the Minister with responsibility for the Anzac Day Observance Act 1929 declares may be kept open.

It is an offence to require an employee to work on Anzac Day (or any other public holiday) without the employee’s written agreement. If you do not comply with this, you may be fined.

If your shop is not exempt from the Anzac Day trading restrictions, you may apply for an exemption.

From 15 October 2018, Anzac Day trading exemptions are managed by the Department of Communities Tasmania.