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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Treasurer, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and Minister for Sport
    The Honourable Curtis Pitt
    Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    Time to revisit Qld's complex, confusing and costly retail trading hours

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Treasurer, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and Minister for Sport
    The Honourable Curtis Pitt

    Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    Wednesday, August 31, 2016

    Time to revisit Qld's complex, confusing and costly retail trading hours

    The Palaszczuk Government will establish a reference group to consider how Queensland could maximise an estimated $200 million annual economic benefit from addressing anomalies in the State’s retail trading hours.

    Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said the current legislation governing trading hours was in need of modernisation to meet current community expectations and economic realities.

    Ms Grace said in 2013, the Queensland Competition Authority report "Measuring and Reducing the Burden of Regulation", found the "potential for large net benefits from reform" of trading hours" restrictions of approximately $200 million.

    "Queensland trading hours differ between and within regions," she said.

    “This is a chance to introduce modern, contemporary arrangements that reflect the realities of the modern economy.

    “This is about delivering sensible economic reform that benefits to the public, while delivering for workers and business.”

    Ms Grace said the Government was establishing a stakeholder panel and would appoint an independent reviewer to oversee the inquiry.

    “The anomalies in existing trading hour arrangements may be viewed as limiting employment opportunities,” she said.

     “An expert panel comprising key stakeholders is required to develop trading hours that reflect the modern economy and consumers’ preferences.”

    Stakeholder groups to be invited to join the reference panel, to be chaired by Associate Professor with the School of Justice at QUT and former Speaker of the Queensland Legislative Assembly John Mickel, include:

    National Retail Association, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland, Master Grocers Association, Queensland Tourism Industry Council, Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association, United Voice and Queensland Council of Unions.

    Tomorrow, Minister Grace will introduce a new Industrial Relations Bill 2016, including amendments to the Holidays Act 1983, to bring Queensland into line with the eastern States and Australian Capital Territory.

    “Many Queenslanders think Easter Sunday is already a public holiday, like it is in New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT,” she said.

    “These amendments will end this confusion and bring Queensland into line with our biggest interstate trading partners.”

    “Declaring Easter Sunday as a public holiday recognises its religious and cultural significance and ensures that workers required to work on that day are treated the same as they would be if they worked the Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Monday public holidays.”

     “We’ll continue to consult with all relevant stakeholders.”

     Examples of current complexities and anomalies:

    • On a Saturday shops close at 5pm, on a Sunday they can trade until 6pm
    • In Townsville, shops can open at 9am in the designated tourist zone, but can’t start until 11am in the rest of Townsville.
    • There is a cap of 20 employees for businesses to fit into the category of independent retail shops.
    • There are over 30 different zones that can have seven day trade

    Media Contact: Martin Philip 0427 919 548