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Culture of Australia

Read below to find out about society and culture of Australia:

Multi-Cultural Society

  • The initial population of Australia was made up of Aborigines and people of British and Irish descent.
  • This was in response to the Australian policy of proactively trying to attract immigrants to boost the population and work force.
  • After World War II there was heavy migration from Europe, especially from Greece, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Yugoslavia, Lebanon, and Turkey.
  • In the last thirty years, Australia has liberalized its immigration policy and opened its borders to South East Asia.
  • This has caused a real shift in self-perception as Aussies begin to re-define themselves.

Australian  Modesty

  • Australians are very down to earth and always mindful of not giving the impression that they think they are better than anyone else.
  • Australians prefer people who are modest, humble, self- deprecating and with a sense of humour. 
  • They value authenticity, sincerity, and loathe pretentiousness.
  • They do not draw attention to their academic or other achievements and tend to distrust people who do.
  • They often downplay their own success, which may make them appear not to be achievement-oriented.


  • Australians place a high value on relationships.
  • This leads to a win-win negotiating style, since having everyone come away with positive feelings helps facilitate future business dealings.
  • With a relatively small population, it is important to get along with everyone, since you never know when your paths may cross again.

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