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January 15, 2016 Statistics & Trends No Comments Email Email

Aussies might celebrate Australia Day with more gusto than other national events, with new data revealing that sickies are more common after 26 Januarythan after Anzac Day, Melbourne Cup and footy grand final weekends.

The survey of 2,024 Australians by Clipp (, Australia’s leading and fastest-growing mobile-payment and deals app for bars, pubs and their restaurants, revealed that 16 per cent of Aussies have chucked a sickie after Australia Day at least once, compared with 10 per cent on Anzac Day, 10 per cent after Melbourne Cup, and eight per cent after footy grand final weekends.

“On the flipside, 84 per cent of respondents haven’t chucked a sickie after Australia Day, which is good news for employers who may have concerns about staff calling in sick,” said Greg Taylor, co-founder and CEO of Clipp.  “And of the 16 per cent admitting to chucking a sickie after Australia Day, just seven per cent said they have done it ‘a few times’.  Australia Day occurs at the end of a long January holiday for many Aussies, so there is little motivation to sneak in a sickie.  Unlike sporting weekends, we also tend to see January 26 as more of a relaxing day to spend with family.”

Interestingly, older Australians appear to value their work benefits and entitlements more, with younger Australians leading the charge when it comes to calling in sick after Australia day. One quarter (24 per cent) of those in their 20s admitted to doing so – of that, 13% said they had done it once while 11% said they’d done it a few times.  This is closely followed by under 20s at 22 per cent (17% once and 6% a few times) then 16 per cent of 30-somethings, 12 per cent of 40-somethings, nine per cent of 50-somethings and four per cent of 60+.

When gender comes into play, males are more likely to have a sickie (17%) than females (14%), and while more admit to chucking a sickie once (9% each), eight per cent of males admit to doing it more than once, followed by six per cent of females.  Sydneysiders and Melbournians are similar, with 15 and 16 per cent respectively having admitted to taking the day off at least once after Australia Day.

Sydney and Melbourne’s top 10 establishments for Australia Day

Which establishments are Aussies most likely to spend their Australia Day?  Clipp analysed two months of customer bar tab orders across hundreds of Sydney and Melbourne pubs and bars to reveal the top 10 most popular venues in Sydney and Melbourne.

In Sydney, Clipp predicts The Greens in North Sydney – which overlooks the harbour – will be the most popular venue on Australia Day, closely followed by seaside pub Manly Wharf Hotel.   The Lower North Shore’s iconic The Oaks Hotel will also be a hot destination.

In the East, revellers will stick to favourites such as the Coogee Bay Hotel, home to Sydney’s biggest beer garden while Surry Hills locals can choose between the popular Royal Albert Hotel and specialty craft beer and bourbon bar, Keg and Brew.

“Australia Day is a day for Aussies to come together and celebrate being Australian and what’s great about our country.  We love sharing experiences with our friends and nothing beats enjoying some good grub and an ice cold drink with them on our national day,” said Taylor.

Marrickville’s family-friendly, community-driven pub The Henson is the place to be seen on Australia Day in Sydney’s Inner-West, while those in Balmain can enjoy craft beer and honest gastropub fare at The East Village Hotel.  Also making it on the list are friendly venues the Longueville Hotel in Lane Cove and Rag & Famish Hotel in North Sydney.

In Melbourne, one of Australia’s most awarded craft beer venues, The Local Taphouse in St Kilda, is expected to be the most popular venue on Australia Day.  Family-friendly venues such as Skyways Hotel in Airport West and Berettas Langwarrin Hotel on the Mornington Peninsula will also be popular, while those looking to relax and take in a nice view will spend the day at The Sandringham Hotel with views of Port Phillip Bay.

Melbourne’s quirky and multidimensional Cookie Beer Hall will have Australia Day revellers catching sweeping views of the city skyline.  Father’s Office Speakeasy Bar & Restaurant – a 1920s prohibition themed bar – is also expected to be a hot pick, as is Australia’s most iconic hotel, Young and Jackson, where a boutique bar meets the good old’ classic pub.  Also making it on the list is Boronia’s Hoops Sports Bar, the family-friendly destination The Stamford in Rowville and Southbank’s Belgian Beer Café.

“Our rankings tell us that Sydneysiders go to a club or hotel for ocean views, a relaxed atmosphere, great quality food and a diverse offering of drinks, while Melbourne locals go out for a decent selection of craft beer on tap, great views or to be immersed in a themed establishment – they also like an inclusive, family-friendly environment.”

Clipp’s top 10 venues in Sydney this Australia Day

1.       The Greens – North Sydney

2.       Manly Wharf Hotel – Manly

3.       The Oaks Hotel – Neutral Bay

4.       Longueville Hotel – Lane Cove

5.       Royal Albert Hotel – Surry Hills

6.       The Henson – Marrickville

7.       Coogee Bay Hotel – Coogee

8.       Rag & Famish Hotel – North Sydney

9.       Keg and Brew – Surry Hills

10.   The East Village Hotel – Balmain


Clipp’s top 10 venues in Melbourne this Australia Day

1.       The Local Taphouse – St Kilda

2.       Skyways Hotel – Airport West

3.       Berettas Langwarrin Hotel – Mornington Peninsula

4.       The Sandringham Hotel – Sandringham

5.       Cookie Beer Hall – Melbourne

6.       Father’s Office Speakeasy Bar & Restaurant – Melbourne

7.       Belgian Beer Café – Southbank

8.       Young & Jacksons – Melbourne

9.       Hoops Sports Bar – Boronia

10.   The Stamford – Rowville

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