Reply To: How do people dine in Australia?

October 26, 2021 at 9:16 pm #3146
Louis Walker

By the way, about the dinners. That’s why I love Australia for its free lunches (below will be information for those who do not know). In Fortitude Valley you have to constantly think Lunch Fortitude Valley – Where to Go , and this is good news.
In Australia, the Modern Award system covering most workers requires that employers provide an unpaid meal break of at least 30 minutes to workers during each full shift. In practice, the length of the unpaid break is usually from 30 minutes to 60 minutes, depending upon the workplace.

Workers who have to account for their time will “clock out” at least notionally, for their lunch break. Actual time punch clocks are pretty rare these days; many workplaces use employee timesheets to keep track of employee attendances, some don’t formally record start / finish times at all, and some use electronic means to do so.

People in managerial roles, or in roles not covered by awards, don’t have an explicit formal right to take a lunch break – but it’s usually expected that they will take a break anyway, based on work health and safety, workplace culture, and / or other reasons.