This is a topic that is rarely covered (or at least I am yet to see it covered), do you need to leave a tip in Australia for service or goods someone has provided you?
Many people are unsure, I know that I do leave a tip if the service is good and the change brought back to me is more of a pain than it is worth (though you could put this into your coin jar if you were so inclined). But should you be leaving a tip via your credit card or similar no matter what?
For example, if you go out to dinner in Australia – is it customary to leave a tip without question? The short answer is no, but it really comes down to a matter of opinion on this topic. Let’s have a closer look.
Americans leave tips, does that mean I have to?
Many people notice that America is the land of the tips – there is good reason for this beyond just a tradition. American employees do not have a minimum wage like we do in Australia, this means that a waiter or a waitress could be working for well below what any of us would even get out of bed for (this may not be the case in all American states, but most). In turn, a tip is a necessity for most of these employees as it is the tips that they are actually living off – not the minimum wage. In Australia however, we do have a minimum wage, but sometimes it can be very good to leave a tip as the person might be working for quite a low wage depending upon age.
An example of this was when I got my first job as a youngster, I worked at Australia’s (if not the worlds) largest toy shop. Stacking shelves and doing general duties along with my older associate’s earnt me nearly 3/4’s less than what they were earning – yet they probably did less work than me by ordering me around. Remember these things when leaving a tip.
So do you have to partake in tipping in Australia?
It is totally up to you. Some restaurants include a tip in the bill before you even add your own, this tends to really annoy me as they include it as a given service charge. Check whether or not that is included on the bill before leaving a tip. I tend to leave a tip of 10% or less if the service was good but I feel that I am feeding a tradition that is really not relevant to Australia’s culture.
If you do leave a tip, what is a good number?
The customary thing to do in Australia when leaving a tip, tends to sit at around 10% of the total cost of the meal. Depending on the cost of the meal, keep in mind that 10% can become quite a lot of money (for those fancy dinners on birthdays or Christmas).
How much do you tip? Do you think tipping is necessary?
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