Operating Your Business on a Public Holiday (Restricted Trading Days) - Victoria


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 days only exempt shops are permitted to open.

Visit the Business Victoria website for information about trading on a public holiday or restricted trading day.

Service type

Advisory Material

Advisory material provides advice and guidance in undertaking a business.


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 7 days immediately before the restricted trading day.

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Comply All Victorian Public Holidays (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Public Holidays Act 1993 Victoria

Administering agency

Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions

Business Victoria

Contact details

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