Consumers and retailers across Western Australia will be able to enjoy extended trading hours over the festive season, after a decision by the state’s Director of Liquor Licensing.
Sunday trading for WA liquor stores will now run from 8am to 10pm for metropolitan stores and from 10am to 10pm for regional liquor stores. The move means business owners will not have to apply for an extended trading permit or pay any fees and applies to December 10 and 17 as well as Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
Racing and Gaming and Small Business Minister Paul Papalia welcomed the decision as a boost for many small businesses.
“It gives consumers the flexibility during this busy time of year to purchase their liquor at a convenient time,” Papalia said.
“The decision also reduces compliance and costs for many small businesses in this industry, giving them the freedom to trade in line with consumer demand.
“The McGowan Government welcomes the Director’s approach as it reflects this Government’s policy on balancing the responsible consumption of alcohol with the community’s desire to enjoy the festive season with family and friends.”