What's the proper way to say thanks for a great time, polite acknowledgment of a difficult job, or simply because it’s a noble tradition? Some restaurant owners see tipping as a weekly bonus rather than the raison d’être of the job. In the US, the rule is to add 15% to 20% to the bill. In the UK, many restaurants add a 12.5% service charge – and if not, people normally tip about 10% unless the service was bad.
However, in Australia the rules are there are 'no rules for tipping', although, Australia’s upper-tier restaurants anecdotally report that more than half of their customers tip.
So, what about tipping etiquette in Australia? We have put up a frequently-asked-questions list about tipping etiquette in Australia, that may help solve any confusion of tipping.
· Question 1- Do you tip for takeaway?
Answer: Only if the waiter packed your food magnificently within a fraction of a second in an aerodynamically-designed container.
· Question 2- Should you tip bad service?
Answer: No. Definitely not. That would make a mockery of the whole system. Tipping is for good service, although ingrained tippers would argue it’s for “good enough” service.
· Question 3- Can you tip individual waiters?
Answer: Well, generally restaurant etiquette demands that tips go into a communal tip pool, but yes, you can choose to tip your server individually at the end of the meal.
· Question 4- Can you be sure it’s going to the wait staff?
Answer: Unfortunately, you can’t. However, the chances of your tip making it to the right people increase by leaving cash rather than a credit card.
· Question 5- How much should I leave for a tip?
Answer: There's no fixed amount for tipping. If you've had good service, and if in doubt, leave 10%.
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· Question 6- Do you only tip in restaurants?
Answer: Ultimately good service is what a tip is for, so if you have received good service in a cafe, then why not.
· Question 7- Should you still tip for bad service?
Answer: It should be a reward. If you don't get good service, don't tip.
· Question 8- Should big groups leave more than 10%?
Answer: Tipping is discretionary, but if you have a large group you should probably pay a tip in recognition of the increased strain on staff.
· Question 10- Should you tip for bad food and great service?
Answer: If you get average food but the waiter is trying to make sure that you have a great time, don't punish the waiter. What you're tipping for is the service.
Furthermore, if you ever find a token is included on the bill, you can always ignore paying a tip. You really needn’t tip on top of it unless service was so good that it would have made angels weep.