Sunday trading in Western Australia kicks off
Sunday trading officially started in Western Australia last Sunday (August 26) and retailers are set to reap the benefits, the state's premier said.
Colin Barnett commended the new legislation which came into force over the weekend, stating it would benefit shoppers and commercial property holders - boosting revenue for retailers with more trading opportunities.
"Perth retailers can now compete fairly and equally in the marketplace while consumers will enjoy greater convenience and choice," Mr Barnett explained.
"Reports by the Productivity Commission and the University of Western Australia both concluded that employment opportunities will be created by increasing trading hours and bricks and mortar retailers will also be able to compete more effectively with their online competitors."
Under the new legislation commercial retail property holders in the metropolitan are now able to trade from 1100 to 1700 on Sundays and public holidays - excluding ANZAC Day, Good Friday and Christmas Day.
State commerce minister Simon O'Brien said the new trading laws were in line with community demand and had received strong support from West Australians.
The holiday resort precincts of Wanneroo and Rockingham have also been granted extended trading hours.