SA: Reviews of part-day public holidays and public holiday trading in CBD

sa govt logo 2South Australia’s new part-day public holidays were introduced from 2012 to apply from 7pm until midnight on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

The Statutes Amendment (Shop Trading and Holidays) Act 2012 (the Amendment Act) requires the Government to review the operation of the legislation.

The review must include an assessment of the impact of the introduction of part-day public holidays on government, business and the community, including the additional costs resulting from part-day public holidays and, in particular, any additional Government expenditure in each financial year on matters relating to part-day public holidays (such as expenditure on wages and funding to organisations to compensate for the additional costs to those organisations resulting from part-day public holidays).

The review was required to have commenced on 1 January 2013 and the report must be submitted to the Industrial Relations Minister within 3 months after the commencement of the review. The Minister must, within 6 sitting days after receiving the report, cause copies of the report to be laid before both Houses of Parliament.

The Amendment Act also requires the Minister to review the operation and impact of the amendments to shop trading laws, in particular the introduction of public holiday trading in the Central Business District (CBD) Tourist Precinct and the streamlining of shop trading exemption processes. The review must be undertaken in conjunction with the part-day public holiday review and the report must be submitted to the Minister and tabled in Parliament at the same time as that review.

The South Australian Centre for Economic Studies (SACES), a joint research unit of the University of Adelaide and Flinders University, is conducting both statutory reviews.

These reviews formally commenced on 1 January 2013 and SACES are seeking written submissions to one or both of the reviews.

Background papers and further information on making a submission is available on the SACES website on the following link.

Submissions close on Monday, 21 January 2013.

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