In general, what would the working hours be for most office- based jobs in Australia? I was really surprised when I came to New Zealand and found that many companies work a 9 hour day- my hours are 9-6 and my boyfriend's are 8-5. In the UK all the jobs I have had have been 9-5 or at the very most 9-5.30, or equivalent, so this extra hour came as a bit of a shock! Sorry if this seems a dull question but we're thinking of moving to Australia next year and am curious as to what we can expect.
As far as I know, 9-5 is pretty standard here. Though there are plenty of people who work till 6 or later mind you.
I've seen quite a lot of jobs which are 8 hour days (plus ½ hour lunch break) - 40 hours/week seems to be a thing a lot of companies request. Not all though, full-time employees at the company I work for do a 7½ hour day (plus ½ hour lunch break).
Also, some places can start earlier in the morning - particularly in QLD I think.
It's the standard ½ hour lunch break which I find odd in Australia, as I've been used to 45mins-1 hour for lunch - you just don't seem to get a decent break when it's half an hour.
Most offices where I live operate from 9-5pm or a few from 9-5.30pm
It's not really a 9 hour day, it's an 8 hour not including the 1 hour lunch break. I think it just depends on which company you work for in NZ because when I was working there, because my old company allowed the employees to leave early and the hours are pretty flexible as long as you work the full 8 hours per day or 40 hours per week.
In Aussie, I have seen clients work 37 1/2 hours per week and then they get to take a day off every 2 weeks. But they were in a union and they did work for the NSW government. Whereas I still had to work my 40 hours per week.
In UK, I guess it always depends on who you work for because I'm working more than my 40 hours per week. I'm at work at 8am and leave around 5:30pm.