Some West Australians will get a four-day break this Christmas, and retailers will be allowed to make the most of holiday crowds.
With Christmas Day falling on a Saturday, Boxing Day and two public holidays will stretch the official break to Tuesday.
New Year’s Day will also fall on a Saturday, making Monday, January 3, a public holiday.
Shops that want to open can do so on Boxing Day, December 27 and 28, and January 3 from 8am-6pm.
“The extended retail trading hours will expand consumer convenience and provide more opportunity for bricks-and-mortar stores to enjoy a financially rewarding Christmas shopping period,” Commerce Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson said.
Trading hours have been tweaked this festive season, with extensions for general retail shops in Perth from December 5.
But retailers and shoppers should not expect permanent changes in the near future.
The head of the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association, Peter O’Keefe, said yesterday he expected no changes to Perth’s retail hours until at least after the next election in 2025, adding his 23,000 retail members did not want change.
Former premier Colin Barnett had raised the prospect of altering Sunday opening times before he lost the 2017 election, but Premier Mark McGowan has since refused to go against the wishes of the SDA and allow shops in Perth to trade longer — even refusing to allow a 9am opening time on Sundays.
“The latest poll we did on members, like, for example … a 9am opening on a Sunday and 9pm (closing) on a Saturday night, and an earlier start at 7am during the week, was an emphatic no to all of them,” Mr O’Keefe said. “McGowan has said no changes this term of Parliament. We were very pleased when Mark made that position.”