In 2017, lunch was found to be an endangered privilege among Australian workers, as respondents reported concerning frequencies of being asked to work through lunch. Almost a quarter said it was a daily occurrence, while 45% said working through lunch was asked of them between two to four times each week.
TSheets (now QuickBooks Time) revisited the topic in 2019 with a global lunch break study, comparing more than two dozen countries. As a standalone from the global study, TSheets also surveyed 600 employees in Australia to see if mourning is truly in order for the midday break or if it has simply evolved with the times.*
Overall, the land Down Under is definitely aligned with the world, wherein a 30-minute lunch break is the norm, and most employees like their meal break just the way it is. Friday is the day employees (35%) are most likely to skip lunch, presumably to get the weekend started. When employees do take breaks, the office break room is the go-to, suggesting a dedicated space is a strong catalyst.