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Working hours in Australia

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1. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3715 posts) 7y

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.

2. Posted by Peter (Admin 5790 posts) 7y

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.

3. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 7y

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.

4. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 7y

Most offices where I live operate from 9-5pm or a few from 9-5.30pm

5. Posted by sunset1999 (Full Member 108 posts) 7y

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.