The SAS Group has helped our client the National Retail Association to deliver a significant win for shoppers in South East Queensland, with a successful application to extend trading hours for major stores. Director Malcolm Cole appeared before the Full Bench of the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission over four weeks late in 2015 to argue the case on behalf of the NRA and its members.
The SAS Group was also instrumental in helping the NRA prepare witness statements ahead of the hearings, and helping to write the closing submissions which were delivered to the Commission earlier this year. Ahead of the hearing, The SAS Group’s media and communications team rolled out a high-profile public awareness campaign, to ensure shoppers and business owners in the south east understood the rationale behind the application and the potential economic and employment benefits ($111 million extra to Gross State Product and around 1000 new jobs).
In its judgement delivered on October 14, The Full Bench of the QIRC accepted the NRA’s arguments for extending trading hours by one hour on weekday mornings, and by five hours on Saturdays. As a result, from December 1 all major retailers and shopping centres in south east Queensland will be able to trade from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Saturday. Times for Sundays and public holidays will remain as they were previously.
Following the decision, NRA CEO Dominique Lamb said: “This is a great day for Queensland retail businesses, large and small, a great day for the people who work in those businesses, and a great day for busy consumers.” We couldn’t agree more. Let’s go shopping!