Victorian Public Holidays and Restricted Trading Days - Victoria

Service summary

Victorian law specifies that there are two and a half restricted trading days each year:

  • Good Friday
  • Christmas Day
  • Between 12.01 am and 1pm on ANZAC Day.

On these particular days, only exempt shops are permitted to open. Please consult the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type

Advisory Material

Advisory material provides advice and guidance in undertaking a business.

Exemptions

Certain types of business are exempt from any restricted trading days.  They can open whenever they wish throughout the year. The types of business that are exempt are:

  • chemists
  • petrol shops
  • restaurants
  • cafes
  • takeaway outlets
  • service providers
  • hire outlets (including video stores)..

Exempt shops are businesses that meet the following criteria:

  • they have 20 or fewer persons employed in the shop at any time during a restricted trading day
  • the number of persons employed by the business and its related entities is no more than 100 at any time during the seven days immediately before the restricted trading day.

Other resources

 Resources
Comply Victorian Public Holidays Opens in a new browser window

Administering agency

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Business Victoria

Act(s) name

Public Holidays Act 1993 (Victoria)

Contact details

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Business Victoria

Operating address:
121 Exhibition Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Mailing address:
GPO BOX 4509
Melbourne, Victoria 3001

Phone:

13 22 15

Fax:

03 9651 9770

Supporting information

Disclaimer

The information contained on the Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS) web site, or via packages or other sources is intended for general guidance only.

To the full extent permitted by law, the Federal, State, Territory and Local Governments make no representations or warranties (expressed or implied) in relation to the information, including its accuracy, currency or completeness.

The business information provided does not constitute professional or legal advice, nor is the use of any third party resource an endorsement of the information contained, the associated organisation, product or service. It is recommended that you obtain appropriate professional and /or independent legal advice to ensure that the material provided here is relevant to your particular circumstances.

To the full extent permitted by law the Federal, State, Territory and Local Governments, their employees and agents do not accept any liability for any reason, including without limitation, liability in negligence, to any person for the general information which is provided herein, or in respect of anything, including the consequences of anything done, or not done, by any such person in whole or partial reliance upon the information.