Australian Culture

Do's and Do Not's

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Do’s
  • If an Australian teases you, reply with good humour and show that you are not disconcerted by it. Indulging in their jokes like this will show, in a non-arrogant way, that you are self-confident but don’t take yourself too seriously. Lightly teasing them back will also be received cheerfully.
  • Keep a measure on how much you criticise them directly.
  • Australians love to develop deep friendships. They tend to bond quickly with people they ‘click’ with in informal social situations, so drink with them (if you can), relax and enjoy yourself in casual settings.
  • In any situation that allows for it, pitch in and contribute to the shared expense or task however possible. For example, if you are taking a trip in someone else’s car, offering to to contribute to fuel costs will be appreciated.
  • Australians warm most to those who seem genuine and comfortable in their own shoes, so be yourself. You can expect to be respected for who you are and what your background is.
  • Be aware that the Indigenous minority of Australia are the original custodians of the land and recognise the impact colonisation has had on their people.

Do not’s
  • Do not boast or make ostentatious comments that give the impression that you see yourself as superior to others. Australians will find this contrived and obnoxious.
  • Avoid asking people to do tasks that you are clearly capable of doing.
  • Avoid seeming too conscious or constrained by rules as this could potentially make you seem untrustworthy or likely to ‘dob’ on them.
  • Avoid mentioning the divisive topics of Australian society (e.g. refugees, Indigenous affairs) unless you are approaching it with sensitivity and are prepared to hear adverse opinions.
  • Avoid being overly combative or argumentative. Australians tend to avoid the company of people who are too opinionated and may consider them a controversial character and be less enticed to keep your company.
Australia
  • Population
    24,188,934 [Sep 2016 est.]
    0.33% of World Population
  • Average Age
    36.9
  • Languages Spoken at Home
    English (81%)
    Mandarin (1.7%)
    Italian (1.5%)
    Arabic (1.4%)
    Cantonese (1.3%)
    Other (13.4%)
  • Religions
    Christianity (61.1%)
    subdirectory_arrow_right Catholic (25.3%)
    subdirectory_arrow_right Anglican (17.1%)
    subdirectory_arrow_right Uniting Church (5%)
    subdirectory_arrow_right Presbyterian and Reformed (2.8%)
    subdirectory_arrow_right Other Christian (11%)
    No Religion (23.9%)
    Islam (3.2%)
    Buddhism (2.5%)
    Hinduism (1.3%)
    Other (1.2%)
  • Ancestries
    English (33.7%)
    Australian (33%)
    Irish (9.7%)
    Scottish (8.3%)
    Italian (4.3%)
    German (4.2%)
    Chinese (4%)
    Indian (1.8%)
  • Cultural Dimensions
    Power Distance 36
    Individualism 90
    Masculinity 61
    Uncertainty Avoidance 51
    Long Term Orientation 21
    Indulgence 71
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Indigenous Australia
  • Population
    669,000 Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders [2011 est.]
    3% of Australian Population
  • Diaspora
    Major Cities: 233,000
    Inner Regional Australia: 147,700
    Outer Regional Australia: 146,100
    Remote Australia: 51,300
    Very Remote Australia: 91,600
    [2011 est.]
  • Languages
    There were over 250 Indigenous Australian language groups at the time of European settlement. Roughly 120 of those lanuages are still spoken whilst around 160 are thought to be extinct.
Migrant Australia
  • Population
    6.6 million [2014 est.]
    28.2% of Australia's total population
  • Country of Birth
    United Kingdom (20.8%)
    New Zealand (9.1%)
    China (6%)
    India (5.6%)
    Vietnam (3.5%)
    Philippines (3.2%)
    South Africa (2.8%)
    Malaysia (2.2%)
    Germany (2%)
    Born elsewhere (41.2%)
  • Fastest Growing Migrant Populations
    India
    China
    Thailand
    Iraq
    Philippines
    Korea
    South Africa
    Sri Lanka
    Ireland
    Malaysia
    [2011 est.]
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