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May 26, 2015 OTA News No Comments Email Email

Despite being amongst the world’s most social media savvy people, it turns out Aussies aren’t as bright when it comes to covering their digital tracks while wagging work.

According to a recent survey, one in ten (11%) Australians has been caught out for ‘pulling a sickie’ by throw-away social media posts or tags.

And with over a third (34%) of Australians admitting to calling in sick while in fact wagging, it is not surprising they’ve been caught red-handed. Our friends, family and colleagues were the biggest traitors,  with 36% accidently exposing our truancy to our bosses. Eighteen per cent of our colleagues had the audacity of intentionally reporting it, while, somewhat startlingly, 14% of us felt so guilty we actually confessed to the sickie ourselves!

Overall though, only 5% of Aussies said they were unfortunate enough to be busted by their actual employer.

But it’s not just holidays that are tempting us to tell a white lie. Over a third of Australians (36%) admitted to pulling a sickie due to being stressed out at work and wanting a bit of mental downtime.

“We’re all guilty of pulling a sickie here and there and it turns out that for Aussies, it’s mostly so we can recharge our batteries,” said Katherine Cole,’s Regional Director, Australia, New Zealand & Singapore. 

For those chucking a sickie to take a holiday, 63% take a break locally, while 36% prefer to flee the scene of the crime and travel interstate or even internationally. Sydney was the most popular interstate destination (30%), followed by Melbourne (22%) and Brisbane (19%).

For those using their passports, Asian destinations proved to be hot spots amongst waggers, with Singapore taking out the top spot (29%), followed by Hong Kong (21%) and Bali (18%).

Gen-Yers are the age group most likely to play truant with 44% of Aussies aged 25-34 admitting to taking a sickie.

Victoria is the nation’s most guilty state with 39% of its residents admitting to pulling a sickie, versus only 12% of Tassie residents.

Ms Cole said, “Take a sickie if you must, but rather than stay at home, take advantage of the thousands of competitive hotel deals on offer and book your escape on our easy-to-use website.”

Deals in Australia’s most popular destinations to take a sickie: 

Gold Coast, Queensland

Fall in love all over again with the sun, surf and style of the Gold Coast at QT. Relieve your “’aches and pains’ at one of Australasia’s best hotel spas with a massage, facial or body scrub. Get the blood pumping as you start feeling like your old self again with a dip in the pool or a game of tennis. Afterwards treat yourself to one of the onsite bar and dining options, including the organic Fixx café where you can indulge in a fresh seasonal salad and a healthy treat so you head back to work shining on the inside and out.

Rooms at QT Gold Coast in Gold Coast start at $159 per room per night (22.05.2015)*.  To book a stay at QT Gold Coast in Gold Coast, visit or call 1800 687 236

Sydney, New South Wales

Located on the doorstep of the Darling Harbour precinct, you’ll be minutes away from the Sydney Aquarium, Centrepoint Tower and upcomingVivid festival when you stay at the PARKYROYAL Darling Harbour. Stay in bed all day in fluffy bathrobes and watch in-room movies or simply take in the spectacular views of the city skyline. For health seekers, kick start the day with a buffet breakfast at Barkers Restaurant and mix up the perfect vitamin concoction at the juicing station available. Or for something a little more naughty, catch-up with friends over high tea at the onsite Abode Bistro Bar.

Rooms at PARKROYAL Darling Harbour in Sydney start at $227 per room per night (22.05.2015)*. To book a stay at PARKROYAL Darling Harbour in Sydney, visit or call 1800 687 236

Melbourne, Victoria

Known around Australia and the world for good coffee, food, and culture, Melbourne never disappoints those who grace its presence. Take a quick getaway and lose yourself in the luxury of the award-winning Citadines on Bourke. Release the stress and tension of the 9-5 grind with a few laps in the heated indoor pool, a workout in the state of the art fitness centre or stretch out on the sundeck. Use this ideal location to pop out to Bourke Street Mall for some retail therapy or catch a game at the MCG. It will be hard to return to work when you have everything you need at your fingertips.

Rooms at Citadines on Bourke in Melbourne start at $180 per room per night (22.05.2015)*.  To book a stay at Citadines on Bourke in Melbourne, visit: or call 1800 687 236

Bali, Indonesia

Cash in a couple of sick days and recover from your “flu” in total luxury at H Sovereign Bali. Feel revitalised with a sunrise swim in the rooftop pool followed by a personalised spa treatment at the onsite Avalon Spa. Or, take advantage of your downtime with a lazy morning in your luxury king bed, whilst enjoying a complimentary breakfast buffet at your own pace. With over 60% off on bookings before July 14, there is no better time to trade the office for a small slice of Balinese paradise.

Rooms at H Sovereign Bali in Indonesia start at $48 per room per night (22.05.2015)*.  To book a stay at H Sovereign Bali in Indonesia, visit: or call 1800 687 236

Hong Kong

Enjoy an award-winning and contemporary getaway to experience Hong Kong’s art and cultural neighbourhoods. You’ll be feeling as good as new after being spoilt with a range of free inclusions at Ovolo Southside including free happy hour, Wi-Fi, breakfast, in-room mini-bar and self-laundry. On top of this make the most of Apple TV, designer terraces, relaxing chill out zones and the 24 hour gym. Leave your office stress behind in exchange for the friendly service, funky style and the free added extras of Ovolo Southside.

Rooms at Ovolo Southside in Hong Kong start at $126 per room per night (22.05.2015)*.  To book a stay at Ovolo Southside in Hong Kong, visit: or call 1800 687 236

*Terms and conditions apply. All prices are correct as of 22 May 2015 but are subject to change. Please see specific details for each hotel listed by clicking on the hotel of your interest, and search with your preferred dates for travel to see the discounted rates for your stay. Prices are per room per night excluding all fees and taxes.

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