This is costing organisations around the country $3,230 per employee, and a record $33bn in payroll costs and lost productivity.
But Australia isn’t the only national workforce with a high rate of absences.
PwC reported that in the UK, workers took 9.1 days of unscheduled absence over the past year.
Canadian employees took 9.1 days, up from 8 days in the previous year.
Meanwhile, Irish workers took 6.4 days of unscheduled leave, with US employees used 4.9 days. In Asia, the average number was a comparatively miniscule 2.2 days, while in New Zealand, workers took just 4.5 days.
According to a survey by Direct Health Solutions, Australian employees are taking almost ten sick days per year.