March 12, 2010, Newsletter Issue #348: Shopping in Australia

Tip of the Week

Shops in main centres are generally open from 9 am to 5 or 6 pm, seven days a week in metropolitan areas , and Monday-Saturday in regional areas. Some 24-hour supermarkets operate in major centres.

Convenience stores are open for longer hours, seven days a week. ATMs and EFTPOS facilities are widely available, with 'cash out' (withdrawal of cash on site) an option in most big stores such as large supermarkets.

The Australian GST (goods & services tax) of 10% applies to most purchases.

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