Announced on Tuesday March 20 by Premier Jay Weatherill, the agreement will mean that city shops will be able to open on any public holiday between 11am and 5pm, except Christmas Day, Good Friday and ANZAC Day morning.
Adelaide City Council voted earlier this month to support the proposed legislative changes, which are exclusive to the Rundle Mall precinct and central business district.
“Extended shopping hours in the city will boost retail confidence, create more jobs and make Adelaide a vibrant and inviting heart during peak visitor times,” said Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood.
“This is a big step in the right direction and will mean the city will be open for business more than ever before, a dynamic place for more people to spend more time.”
The proposal also includes changes to the Holidays Act to create additional public holidays on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve from 7pm until midnight. It follows an agreement between the Government, Business SA and the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association (SDA Union).