Australian Culture

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

Drinking Culture in Australia

Alcohol can be a big part of Australian culture. Find out more about Australians’ relationship with alcohol and how to navigate as an international student.

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.

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

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 Acknowledgement of Country and it’s a… Read more

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.

A Guide to Australian Etiquette

Ever wondered what is and isn’t good etiquette in Australia? Well, fear not, you have a little leeway here in the land of Oz. At least, we don’t have many rigid and unbreakable rules of… Read more

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

Top Tips For Making Local Friends

Making new friends may seem daunting, but when you’re living and studying abroad it’s absolutely necessary. As an international student it’s comparatively easy to make friends with other international students: you’re all in the same… 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

Your First Few Weeks in Australia

The first few days in your new home will go by in a blur. Getting off the plane, getting to your new accommodation, unpacking, buying essentials—suddenly, you’ll realise you’ve been living in Australia for a… 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