Inquiry into the Operation of the Trading (Allowable Hours) Act 1990

About the inquiry

On 14 September 2021, the Legislative Assembly agreed to a motion that the Education, Employment and Training Committee inquire into and report on the operation of the Trading (Allowable Hours) Act 1990 (the Inquiry). The committee is required to report to the Legislative Assembly by Monday 31 January 2022.

The terms of reference* for the Inquiry are that the committee inquire into and report on the operation of the Trading (Allowable Hours) Act 1990 (the Act), in particular:

  1. To consider the impact of amendments made by the Trading (Allowable Hours) Amendment Act 2017, with particular regard to:
    1. examining the impact of the moratorium on trading hours orders and restriction on making applications (section 59 of the Act) and recommendations following its expiry;
    2. examining the impact of the moratorium applicable to shops in Mossman and Port Douglas Tourist Area (section 56 of the Act) and recommendations following its expiry;
    3. examination of applications made, and consequences, for relaxation of provisions under section 5 of the Act and recommendations for improvement;
    4. the effectiveness of prescribing permitted hours in legislation;
    5. the suitability of the permitted hours as currently prescribed; and
    6. the role of the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission in setting permitted hours outside the prescribed hours.
  2. The operation and performance of the provisions of the Act and how, in practice, different provisions are contributing to the objects of the Act and consider the impact of the existing framework for the regulation of trading hours in Queensland.
  3. The effects of trading hours regulation on the Queensland economy and on regional Queensland.

*Liquor trading hours, penalty rates for retail employees working on public holidays and Sundays, and the dates public holidays are held on, are outside of the operation of the Trading (Allowable Hours) Act 1990 and therefore outside of the inquiry terms of reference. 

View: Legislative Assembly motion on the inquiry
View: Trading (Allowable Hours) Act 1990
View: Written briefing from the Office of Industrial Relations


The committee invites written submissions for the inquiry on any aspects of the terms of reference. In your submission please clearly state which part or parts of the terms of reference your comments relate to. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 15 October 2021 at 5:00pm.

Guidelines for making a submission to a parliamentary committee are available here: Guide to making a submission. Please ensure your submission meets these guidelines.

Submissions should be sent to:
[email protected] 


Committee Secretary
Education, Employment and Training Committee
Parliament House

Submissions must include:

  • the author’s name
  • if the submission is made on behalf of an organisation, the level of approval (e.g. a local branch, executive committee or national organisation), and
  • at least two of the following:
    • mailing address
    • email address
    • daytime telephone number.

Please ensure your submission includes the above information or it may not be considered by the committee.


Public Briefing:Thursday, 30 September 2021 at 1:00pm
- Archived broadcast
- Program 
- Transcript proof
Submissions close:Friday, 15 October 2021 at 5:00pm
Public hearings:Monday, 25 October 2021 - Brisbane at 9:30am
Monday, 1 November 2021 - Brisbane at 9:00am
Monday, 15 November 2021 - Brisbane at 9:30am
[Details of further hearings to be advised]
Report due date:Monday, 31 January 2022

Committee Report 

The committee is due to table its report on Monday 31 January 2022. The report will be published here after it has been tabled.

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