australian culture and customs

find out how australians do things, how we see the world and the world sees us

Straya (our way of saying Australia)

This is a nice lighthearted video with the usual Australian self-mockery – we love a bit of that. How many of the people and places can you identify? Kudos to … Continue reading

January 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Xavier Toby asks ‘What is Australian Culture?’

One Australian’s view of Aussie culture from online news site, WA Today Xavier Toby asks ‘What is Australian Culture?’.

November 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

It’s Aussie Football League grand finals time!

For the first time since the club’s inception 19 years ago, the Fremantle Dockers has reached the grand finals of the Australian Football League (AFL).  The AFL began as the … Continue reading

September 26, 2013 · 1 Comment

Business Handshakes

A handshake says a lot about you. Take the whole hand firmly but not tightly and shake just once or twice then let go. Not too hard and not like … Continue reading

September 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

We have a new government

The people have spoken, we have a new government. Yesterday the Australian people voted for a change of government from the Australian Labor Party to the Australian Liberal/National coalition.  It … Continue reading

September 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

What, no cheating?!

Australians were astonished and surprised last week to hear that some Chinese families had actually locked in and threatened teachers for not allowing their children to cheat in exams. What? Of course … Continue reading

June 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Australia Is An Example Of Effective Gun Control. America Is An Example Of Ignoring Australia.

View this satirical video that has now gone viral comparing Australia’s view of America’s gun laws with American lobbyists and politicians’ views.  We Australians just don’t get it. Related articles … Continue reading

May 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

Ita Buttrose, the mother of Australian style and business

Ita Buttrose has been an inspiration to generations of Australian women playing a leading role in the Packer media empire as the creator and first female editor of major women’s … Continue reading

April 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Swimming in the right (left) lane

The swimming pool, leisure centre, aquatic centre – the local pool.  Australians love swimming.  Have you noticed our Olympic performances over the years in the pool (very impressive)? Did I … Continue reading

April 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

positive new survey of Indian students in Australia

“75 per cent of Indians believe Australia is a stand-out destination for education…” Report in the Sydney Morning Herald by Daniel Filton about positive changes in Indian students’ attitudes to studying in … Continue reading

April 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Boston Bombings 15 April 2013

Australians thinking of everyone over in Boston. Peace. Go to the Hoopla for Australians’ comments on these events.

April 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Australia, centre of the world!

Australia – centre of the world – at least on our maps!

March 24, 2013 · 2 Comments

Commentary from the Australian newspaper on the Second Australia India Youth Dialogue conference and its implications for both India and Australia. Youth holds key to vibrant Australia-India relations Related articles Beyond Commonwealth, … Continue reading

March 24, 2013 · 1 Comment

Why we don’t need Michael Palin’s ‘Brazil’

This Australian article, Why we don’t need Michael Palin’s ‘Brazil’, explores British presenter, Michael Palin’s* series on Brazil which draws on all the old stereotypes and fails to look at the … Continue reading

February 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

please, thank you, excuse me, sorry

“please, thank you, excuse me, sorry! please, thank you, excuse me, sorry! please, thank you, excuse me, sorry! please, thank you, excuse me, sorry! please, thank you, excuse me, sorry! … Continue reading

February 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Success story of a refugee

The inspiring story of John Gulzari, a Hazarra from Afghanistan, who talks about his life in Afghanistan, his beliefs, interests and struggles and how made a home for his family … Continue reading

February 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Malaysia deports Senator Nick Xenophon, deeming him enemy of the state | News.com.au

Malaysia deports Senator Nick Xenophon, deeming him enemy of the state | News.com.au.

February 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

The many meanings of ‘mate’

The ubiquitous Australian word has many meanings depending on the context.  See if this hilarious series of videos featuring a very stereotypic Aussie helps you understand some of them!

February 14, 2013 · 1 Comment

Jakarta Post on Australian multiculturalism

Your letters: Multiculturalism in Asia | The Jakarta Post. Unless Australia is included as an Asian country, there is no legally or government supported multiculturalism in Asia…

February 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Animals – food, friend or both?

Australians love animals. Having said that, we do actually eat our two national animals, the emu and the kangaroo! animal cruelty is not acceptable. That means kicking a dog, not … Continue reading

February 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

Originally posted on michaelboultonblog:
So 6 months done Down Under, how is it going? In short, great. Move away from everyone and everything familiar and you find out a lot…

February 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Driving

You must hold a driver’s license to drive in Australia.  Get an international one in your own country before you come for insurance cover. There are serious penalties if you … Continue reading

January 10, 2013 · Leave a comment