Residents in Western Sydney and regional NSW will be able to shop locally at the Boxing Day sales for the second year in a row.
Before restrictions were lifted in 2015, retail shops were prohibited from opening on Boxing Day if they were not within the Sydney CBD Trading Precinct or a designated regional tourist area.
Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian said the response from local communities and retailers following Boxing Day 2015 had been extremely positive.
“Allowing all retailers across the state to trade on Boxing Day boosts local economies, creates an even playing field for all businesses and gives shoppers the choice of staying local,” Ms Berejiklian said.
No employee can be forced to work and no shop can be forced to open. Fines of up to $11,000 per person found to have been coerced to work will apply.
The NSW Government will review Boxing Day trade after 26 December 2016 to ensure the reforms are operating effectively.