Australians are generally down to earth, laid-back, open and direct
What are Australians like?
We generally call each other by our first names. Your friends may give you a nickname which is a form of endearment
There are no laws or regulations about clothing though some venues, workplaces and restaurants have dress codes. Many people will dress to suit their style, climate or situation
Men and women are treated equally and people are free to live where they like, and follow whichever religion and occupation they choose
Almost everyone speaks English and more than 15% speak languages other than English at home
24 million people with 28% born overseas
We shake a person’s right hand when meeting someone for the first time
Sports are a favourite pastime and a great way to socialise with friends
Our multicultural society is reflected in food, art, sport, film, culture, fashion and music
Australians place high value on friendships and are usually relaxed, casual and informal when greeting someone. There are no laws regarding friendships or dating. Friendships and social events with both sexes are common.
The Aussie students have all been kind and welcoming in all of my classes. Getting to know my professors on a one-on-one basis has been really nice as well. I don’t feel afraid to ask questions and for extra help as they are all friendly.
Stephanie Ostrowski, Bachelor of Laws
Griffith Mates will help you adjust to university life in Australia through a range of community events and activities. Practice your English, make new friends, find your way around campus and become acquainted with the Australian environment.
While almost everyone in Australia speaks English, the slang may be a little confusing and difficult to understand at first, but if you are unsure, just ask. Here are some examples.
- arvo: afternoon
- Aussie: Australian
- barbie: BBQ/barbeque
- bloke: man/guy
- boardies: board shorts
- brekkie: breakfast
- g'day: good day/hello
- mozzie: mosquito
- roo: kangaroo
- snags: sausages
- sunnies: sunglasses
For more read Emilie’s guide to Aussie slang.
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