Review of Trading (Allowable Hours) Act 1990

Legislation amendments

Amendments to the Trading (Allowable Hours) Act 1990 were passed by Parliament on 22 August 2017 and received assent and commenced on 31 August 2017. Refer to Questions and answers for more information.


On 31 August 2016 the Queensland Government approved Terms of Reference (TOR) for a review of Queensland’s retail trading hours to:

  • assess the appropriateness of the current trading hours’ regulation
  • address anomalies in trading hours’ arrangements considering challenges facing small and large business, workers and the community
  • promote job creation and business growth.

Reference Group

The Review will be conducted by an independent reference group chaired by Mr John Mickel, Queensland University of Technology Associate Professor with the School of Justice and former Speaker of the Queensland Legislative Assembly, and membership comprising of key stakeholders:

  • National Retail Association (NRA)
  • Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ)
  • Master Grocers Association (MGA)
  • Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC)
  • Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association (SDA)
  • Australian Workers Union (AWU)
  • United Voice (UV)
  • Queensland Council of Unions (QCU)

In line with the Terms of Reference the reference group will examine and report on the current framework for the regulation of trading hours in Queensland and provide advice and recommendations on any alternative models that could be adopted. Penalty rates or a reduction in the number of public holidays are not within the scope of the review.

Review process and timelines

The review includes public consultation through the release of an Issues Paper. The purpose of the issues paper is to facilitate a broad discussion on trading hours’ issues in Queensland and assist the community and interested organisations participate in the review process.

Key Dates

  • 17 October 2016 – Issues paper was released for public consultation
  • 14 November 2016 – Public submissions to the Reference Group closed

The report of the Trading Hours Review Reference Group ‘A review of Queensland’s Trading (Allowable Hours) Act 1990‘ was provided to the Queensland Government on 22 December 2016.

On 13 February 2017, the Government endorsed the Report’s 13 recommendations. Legislation will now be amended to implement these recommendations.


Written submissions closed on 14 November 2016.

View the written submissions.

Last updated: 3 October 2017