Australia & Money Etiquette (Part 1)

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Tax

Set aside that calculator of yours because the pricing seen advertised on menus or items of clothing is the same price you’ll have to pay. A 10% Goods and Services Tax (GST) is already included in the list of prices. Nonetheless, always look at the bottom of a menu for Sunday or public holiday additional charges. Also, check out store signage for surcharges acquired from paying by card or using particular banking providers.

Discussions On Salaries

 Pretty much like religion and politics, talking about what you or people around you are earning tends to be avoided in Australia. It’s important that you’re in a comfortable position with someone who you know is also on the same page as you before privately discussing anything related to salary.

Tipping

 No one is really expected to tip in Australia. The hospitality and service workforce get paid a good sum, so they don’t rely on tips from customers to make their living. But if you liked the excellent service at a restaurant or a bar, you’re more than welcome to give tips. We suggest asking your server about the establishment’s take on tipping. Some split tips equally among staff, while others allow them to keep individual tips.

Splitting The bill

One common practice in the Land Down Under is splitting the bill for mostly anything. It often happens whenever one dines out with friends. Some folks are okay with dividing the whole bill evenly regardless of what they ate, while others opt to pay just for what they ordered. Evade that awkward post-dinner talk by deciding on this before sitting down to eat. You can also use tools offered by your bank like Osko by BPAY in handling the transfer of funds between your friends in a simple but quick manner.

Shouting rounds

Another common practice among Aussies is being in a “round” with your pals. This just means that you’ll each take turns in buying a drink for everybody in your circle. That comes with the expectation that you’ll be purchased a drink by each individual. This can be an enjoyable experience, but it’s essential that one upholds their responsibility to “get your round in.” Thus ensures nobody is left out of pocket. When it’s initially suggested if you’d like to drink at your own pace, you can choose to keep out of the round.


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