If you wish to open your business on a restricted trading day, you'll need to apply for an exemption from NSW Industrial Relations (NSW IR), unless you're:
- a small shop
- listed as exempt under the Retail Trading Act 2008, or
- exempted under a former act due to your location, or the granting of an exemption.
Restricted trading days are:
- Good Friday
- Easter Sunday
- ANZAC Day (prior to 1 pm)
- Christmas Day.
A conditional exemption applies to Boxing Day, and that is that your staff must freely elect to work. This exemption is currently in place until 1 December 2017.
When applying to the NSW IR, you'll need to be able to provide 'exceptional circumstances', not just 'special circumstances', as to why you wish to operate your business on the restricted trading day.Visit NSW Industrial Relations