Following Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt’s comments on breakfast radio this morning, the REIQ has issued a statement.
ANZAC Day is an important national day of remembrance and the REIQ has ensured its membership is fully aware of the law as it pertains to the real estate profession on this special day.
We have notified all members that under the Trading (Allowable Hours Act) 1990, factories and shops in Queensland are required to close on Anzac Day with some limited exceptions.
In communications with the membership the REIQ has explained clearly that real estate offices are required to close on Anzac Day, with the one exception that offices can open for the sole purpose of leasing related activities, for example, accepting rental payments.
REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said while the law has been the same every year, this year Anzac Day falls on a Saturday and it’s possible that some real estate agents booked advertising well in advance and without realising the significance of this particular Saturday.
“The last time Anzac Day fell on a Saturday was in 2009, and in the past 25 years it has only fallen on a Saturday three other times.
“We have reminded our membership that holding an open house, either for the purpose of selling a property or to rent a property, is strictly prohibited.
“The REIQ offers a free advice line to the membership and we have been taking about six or seven calls a day for the past two weeks from our members wishing to clarify what activities are allowed,” she said.
“Our members are respectful of this important day that is marking its centenary this year, and they want to do the right thing,” she said.
Ms Mercorella said that while there were a few open houses booked throughout the state for this Saturday, she expected these were due to oversight, rather than wilful disregard for the law.