Australians generally believe that we should 'work to live' rather than 'live to work'. Despite this, Australians are hardworking, often doing over-time.
- Employers may expect you to work outside the usual 9-5 time. This can be negotiated and time in lieu given.
- Most workplaces receive four weeks leave a year.
- Public holidays include Australia Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
- Religious observance and holidays are generally accepted through special arrangements with management.
- Superannuation, sick leave, paid maternity leave and parental leave are common work benefits for part time and full time positions.
- Promotions in the workplace are made on the basis of merit and sometimes seniority.
- Opportunities for flexible work hours or working from home are available.
- Unionism is well established and accepted as a right to advocacy.
- The retirement age is 60 - 65, although there are moves to extend this due to our aging population.
The Australian workplace is not overly formal but there are clear lines of authority and decision-making.
- Know who your immediate superior is and their expectations of you.
- Job titles such as foreman, supervisor, coordinator, head of section or department, manager and chief executive officer (CEO) can help you understand the workplace structure.
Diversity in the workplace
- In the Australian workplace there are generally tolerant attitudes to differences.
- Expect a multi cultural mix, single and married women and men, sole parents, people with disabilities, those of various sexual preferences, various age groups, and those who work flexible hours.