In recent decades Australia's surge in economic growth has secured its position as one of the strongest economies in the world this leading status has been propelled by business investment, household spending and the mining sector. Australia is with the Top 25 of the world's largest exporters of merchandise.
Australia culture is founded on stories past through the generations of bushrangers, work and sporting heroes. Soldiers and the aborigines alike. heroes When constructing business within Australia it is essential to understand the mere expanse of the country, for at 7,741,220 sq. km it is not a light decision to be bicoastal commuter.
Although one of the smallest continents, Australia's six states combined make up the world's sixth largest country.
These states are as follows
The predominant language in Australia is English with a small percentage falling to Cantonese, Italian, Greek and Arabic. There are certain words and expressions which are regarded as Australian English or "speaking Strine", for example "Snag" means sausages and "Arvo" means afternoon.
A common perception of Australians is that they are laid back with an informal and excessively open demeanour however with Australia's ever increasing cultural diversity this is a stereotype which does not ring true. Australians are very matter of fact when it comes to talking be it casual or business; negotiations lean towards being short and to the point.
Meetings do tend to planned in lesser detail than other countries with constructive deviation away from business agenda seen as pragmatic.
Australians favour eye contact when holding a conversation as they believe it is a sign of respect and an indication the person they are conversing with is listening to them.
Australians have no hesitation in saying a straight forward but polite "No" to anything they object to. This should not be seen as rude or offensive as it is their culture to be frank and say what they mean.
Acceptable topics when conversing are the weather, sports and Australia's positive attributes.
Areas to avoid are politics, sex and religion unless the Australian you are conversing with brings these subjects up.
A favourite past time for the average Australian is to have a social gathering around the "Barbie" (barbeque) in their backyard or on the beach and with more than 80% of Australians living no more 50km away from the coast this life style has become an integral part of the laid back life style which attracts so many tourists and foreign inhabitants each year.
The rich diverse culture Australia holds with pride is reflected within the food they have offer, embracing most of the world's cuisine to tantalise the most adventurous pallet.
Australians are well known for having quite the love affair for all things relating to the arts. The main cities play host to an array of cultural and music festivals, theatre and dance performances as well art exhibitions.
Some may argue the most popular sport in Australia to watch is the AFL closely followed by the national rugby league.
Australians have a strong ethos the population as an entirety benefit from trade for as we know an increase in trade results in a rise in jobs which presents more opportunities to the business sector.
It is well known that Australia has existing Free Trade Agreements (known as FTAs) with a number of countries Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore to name but a few.
An FTA can be defined as a contractual agreement between two or more parties which entitles each other to preferential access within the respective market.
Near on 100% of Australia's international trade is transported by sea and so Australia's ports are pivotal in managing Australia's ever expanding economic success.
These vital ports are as follows:
The majority of Australia's importing and exporting would be handled on FOB terms.
All non-Australian & non-New Zealand citizens require a visa to enter to Australia, be it a tourist visa, student visa working holiday visa to list but a few.
A visa must be applied for and granted by your nearest Australian Consulate prior to leaving your country of origin
For more detailed information visit the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship website.
As to when to visit it is recommended that you check the climate of the respective state prior to making travel arrangements.
Official Season Clarification:
Summer: December - February.Autumn: March - MayWinter: June - AugustSpring: September - November
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