Dining Etiquette in Australia

Listed below are some of dining etiquette in Australia that tourists and migrants should know:
  • Be on time when invited to dinner; no more than 15 minutes late if invited to a barbeque or a large party.
  • Most invitations to an Aussies home will be for a ‘Barbie’. Guests to a barbeque party typically BYOB or ‘Bring Your Own Beer’. In some cases, may suggest that in bring your own meat!
  • Call the host/hostess ahead of time to confirm if he/she would like you to bring your own dish.
  • People oftentimes ‘go Dutch’ over a meal, this means that the bill is split equally. If you wish to pay, make this clear before the meal to avoid unnecessary debates when the bill is presented
  • Offer to help the hostess with the preparation or clearing up after a meal is served.
  • If invited to a club or bar for a drink, it is very important to make sure you pay your ‘shout’ – that means that everybody is expected to pay for a round of drinks.
  • Tipping is not always necessary but is usually expected at the fine dining restaurants. Tips are usually for about 10% to 15% of the total bill.
  • When not holding utensils, your hands should be in your lap at the dinner table. Pass all dishes and serving accessories at the table to your left.
  • The most honored position is at the head of the table, with individuals of the greatest importance seated first to the left and then to the right of the head of the table; if there is a hosting couple, one member will be at each end of the table.