National Go Home on Time Day | BTalk Australia

Last Updated Nov 17, 2009 2:28 PM EST


Richard Denniss

Richard Denniss

(Episode 375; 14 minutes 54) In Australia November 25th has been declared National Go Home on Time Day.

It's a reaction to the large number of unpaid hours of overtime that is a fact of life for many Australians. In fact, with an average of 44 hours Australians have the third longest working week of all OECD countries, after Korea and Greece.

On today's BTalk Australia I talk to Richard Denniss, an Executive Director at The Australia Institute and co-author of a new paper "Something for Nothing; Unpaid overtime in Australia". It reports on a survey of 1000 Australians. Of those in work more than half worked unpaid overtime, and of those close to half said it was expected or compulsory. Only 6% said it was discouraged at their workplace.

To help with further research into the issue The Australian Institute urges you to sign-up at to obtain your free leave pass to finish on time.

The big question is, are Australians more productive for all the hours they put in? What do you think? Leave a comment in the Talkback section at the end of this post.

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