Thursday, October 11, 2012

more things australia does better.

Back in February I did a short post on a few things that I think Australia does better. I often find myself dwelling on the American things that I miss and find it helpful to remind myself of all of the things that are done better here. You can find the beginning of my list here.

So, a few more things that I believe Australia does better.... (just my personal opinion of course!)

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5. Leave Loading

Basically, we are paid more money (or receive a bonus if you will) when we take holidays or use our annual leave. WHAT?? THEY WILL PAY ME MORE TO GO ON HOLIDAY?? Yep- thats right. Every year around Christmas time I am paid an extra 17.5% on top of my salary for the 20 days of annual leave I earned that year. Some employers pay your leave loading when you actually take the leave, meaning your pay check will be higher than normal when you return from leave, and some employers pay you the whole amount at once at a particular time of year. Either way, we are paid more for our time away from work than our time at work. AWESOME!



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6. No tipping

Getting your hair done? No tipping! Going out to dinner? No tipping! Taking a cab to the airport? NO TIPPING!!!! And although this technically has nothing to do with tipping, the price you see is the price you pay. Meaning, the tax for everything is already included in the price you see on the price tag. So, if the price tag says $4.83, you pay $4.83 at the register. Not $4.83 plus tax. It is AMAZING and I love it!



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7. The Date

The Day. The Month. The Year. Smallest to largest... that just makes good sense! However, it does make understanding things like "9-11" hard to understand when you live in a country that would write "11-9" or say "the 11th of September". HOWEVER, we Americans do say "the 4th of July".... go figure!


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8. MATERNITY LEAVE!!!!

And finally, Australians really know how to do maternity leave! Depending on your employer, how long you have been employed and what kind of work you do, you can qualify for up to 52 weeks of maternity leave. ONE ENTIRE YEAR people!! Now I can't tell you how it works for everyone, but I know that I have been very, very lucky with my employer and the paid parental scheme introduced by the government in 2011 and have been able to take 12 months off of work to be with my new little buddy! Wow- what a blessing!!!

So there you have it friends. Just a few more things Australia does better :)

ps. these pictures are from a Red, White and Blue themed morning tea/baby shower my friends has for me at work. How awesome are they?!?!


6 comments:

  1. Wow! This is an awesome list. Each one gets better and better. Well done, Australia!! And enjoy your YEAR with little man! :)

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    1. Thanks Lisa!! Just trying to give you more reasons to come over here and join me :) :)

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  2. Michelle- what program do you use to edit your photos? Theyre great!

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    1. Hi! These photos were taken with my iPhone on Instagram... But for all of my other photos I use photoshop elements. I used to edit them more but now I just try and keep it really quick and simple. Looking back at when I started I can tell a huge difference!!

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  3. Wow. That is just insane. So awesome for you.

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    1. Yeah- it is pretty amazing! I just hope I like staying home and don't drive myself crazy, lol.

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