Australian Culture

Conversation Starters With Locals

With so many different social and cultural norms, making friends can be a bit overwhelming and confusing. Here are a few tips on how to start a conversation with local students.

National Mosque Open Day 2017

On Saturday 28 October 2017, mosques all around Australia will be opening their doors to the public and inviting you to explore.

How To Make Friends With Locals

Now you are in Australia it’s time to make friends with the locals. This is a great way to really experience your town from a local perspective and enrich your cultural understanding during your time… Read more

LGBTQI International Students

The ABS will conduct a postal survey to ask Australians whether they support marriage equality. For LGBTQI students, this can be a challenging time.

Aboriginal Cultural Events

An insight into Aboriginal cultural community festivals, art exhibitions, talks, live music and dance performances across Australia.

Owning Pets in Australia

If you’re planning to stay in Australia long-term, you might begin to consider whether or not you’re ready to adopt a pet. Still, amidst the traveling, studying, adventuring and other responsibilities that come with being… Read more

Understanding Australian Hospitality

Sharing a drink or a meal is an important bonding experience in most cultures to show friendship- or mateship, if you’re in Australia! But sometimes, this can differ across cultures. When it comes to eating… Read more

Must Try Australian Food

Moving to a new country pushes you out of your comfort zone, there’s no denying it, and never more so in the food that you encounter on a daily basis. As Australia is a unique… Read more

Top Aussie Myths Debunked

Long before Australia was colonised by the British, people in the northern hemisphere believed that there was a great and mysterious land on the other side of the world – they called it Terra Australis… Read more

Daylight Savings in Australia

International students living in New South Wales, Victoria, Australian Capital Territory, South Australia or Tasmania should be aware of the beginning and end of daylight saving time (DST or daylight savings) in Australia. In Australia,… Read more

Australian Indigenous Cultures

Perhaps while studying in Australia, you’ve heard someone say at the beginning of a speech or a meeting, ‘we acknowledge the Traditional Owners of this land’. This is called and Acknowledgement of Country and it’s… Read more

A Beginner’s Guide to Aussie Humour

Have you ever found yourself wondering if your Aussie friends are making fun of you? Or have you wondered why your Aussie work colleagues would imply that they themselves are lazy, slobs or downright incompetent?… Read more

Essential Aussie Food Experiences

11 essential Aussie food experiences that every international student must try: 1.  Pavlova Even though the true origins of this dessert are hotly debated, the Pavlova has been an Australian favourite for nearly a century…. Read more

Essential Aussie Slang for International Students

International students say that one of the most confounding aspects of Australian culture is the constant use of slang. This isn’t surprising as Australians use slang, in particular, ‘diminutives’ (shortened words) more than any other… Read more

A Brief Guide to the History of Australia

Australia is a diverse and fascinating country, with an Indigenous population dating back many thousands of years. This very basic overview is our starting point for international students wanting to know more about the nation’s background…. Read more

Multicultural Society

Australia’s cultural influences are as vast and varied as the continent itself. The earliest “immigrants” came from Asia to Australia between 50,000 and 60,000 years ago, followed some time later by James Cook, who is… Read more