Australian Culture

The Australian population is made up of a number of vibrant cultures resulting in a mixture of customs and traditions influenced by people from all around the world. Australia is a very safe country compared with almost anywhere in the world. Political unrest is limited in Australia, crime rates are low and strict gun control laws provide a safe environment.

When you arrive in Australia you may notice differences in etiquette, lifestyles and values. Australians are quite informal which can take time getting used to, especially if you come from a culture where ritual is important and where levels of status and authority are clearly distinguished and carefully respected. With most Australians living within 50 kilometers from the coast, many people enjoy a laid back and social lifestyle. A typical weekend may include a swim or surf in the ocean, participation or attendance at a sporting match, a barbecue with friends and spending time with family. As your time in Australia continues, you’ll find yourself becoming more familiar and comfortable with aspects of Australian culture that may have initially confused you. Just like at home, there are aspects of the local culture that you will enjoy, and others that you won’t.

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