The NSW Government will introduce legislation to allow Boxing Day trade to continue.
An independent review found the extension of Boxing Day trading beyond the Sydney CBD was operating as intended, giving employees, shoppers and businesses more choice.
It also levelled the playing field for retailers who previously couldn’t take part in the Boxing Day sales simply because of their location.
Until the reforms were introduced in 2015, people living in Western Sydney, Wollongong, Newcastle and many parts of regional NSW had to miss out Boxing Day sales.
Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said there was clear support for giving all retailers the option of opening their doors on one of the biggest trading days of the year.
“Our position strikes a sensible balance, giving retailers and their employees the freedom to work if they want to, but also putting in place strict sanctions to ensure they are not pressured to do so,” Mr Perrottet said.
To ensure retailers and their employees are fully aware of their rights, the government will work with retailers and unions to develop and implement an information campaign ahead of Boxing Day this year.
Legislation to enable the 2015 reforms to continue will be introduced in the coming months.