TippingTo tip or not to tip?
Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra. Photo credit: Australian Capital Tourism
Tipping in Australia
To tip or not to tip? That is the question.
Unlike the US, where they’ll hunt you down for leaving without paying a tip, tipping in Australia is much like it is in the UK. It’s a gratuity for good service rather than a surcharge you’re expected to pay no matter how surly your waiter or overdone your steak.
Goods & Services Tax of 10% will be added to your restaurant bill in the same way that VAT would be added in the UK. It’s a government tax, not a service charge for the staff.
Don’t expect ingratiating, fawning service – it’s not the Australian way, but it will usually be polite and efficient. If you do experience poor service you’re quite within your rights not to leave anything!
How Much Should I Tip In Australia?
Restaurants: Up to 10% for good service (although the last time we offered 10% in Perth the waitress politely refused and only took 5%).
Bars: Nothing expected, but saying “keep the change” is always welcome.
Fast food outlets: Nothing
Taxis: Round up to the nearest dollar if the service is good.
Hotels: Nothing is expected for housekeeping or portering, but a small tip for particularly good service (or particularly heavy bags) always goes down well.
A couple of good apps are:
and for i-phone
You May Also Be Interested In…
Subscribe To Our Newsletter
Get the latest travel tips and info straight to your inbox.