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Australia is a safe, welcoming and multicultural society, which means you should have no trouble fitting in!
To be a real Aussie while you are here, you must experience these traditions.
Australians are generally easygoing, but there are one or two things you should know about us.
Because Aussies come from so many different backgrounds countries you will encounter a wide range of social customs, habits and perspectives on life that may be new and different to your own.
If someone says, “it would be nice if you cleaned up,” or, “it’s nice to have a clean house”, they usually mean, “please tidy up” and would expect you to take the hint!
Never step in front of someone in a line. If someone lets you in, make sure you thank them.
Regular greetings include, “hello”, “hi”, “g’day”, “hey”, and “How are you?”. In formal situations, you should shake hands.
Australians like people who are humble, kind, have a sense of humour, and who do not draw attention to their qualities.
If you are invited to a BBQ, picnic or party, it is considered good manners to bring something to share.
In Australia, slang is less of an exception and more of a total social norm. To the untrained ear and fresh international students coming to Australia, some Aussie slang can seem like a whole new language - but don’t worry, you’ll soon get the hang of it!
Aussie’s have different phrases and words to other English-speaking countries. Australians also tend to shorten words and lengthen them to add some Aussie flare. Even English-speaking people have difficulty understanding some Australian phrases.
Use this glossary to help you in your first few weeks here.
Grill or Barbecue grill
Cookie (short for biscuit)
An expression used to stress a point or an opinion
Slang for board shorts, worn by surfers
Hood or engine end of a car
Trunk end of a car
A liquor store
Nickname for Speedo swimming trunks for men
Ill or sick
A hot beverage
Someone who doesn’t dress well and/or has unrefined manners
A hot beverage
True or genuine
Football (rugby or AFL)
Once every two weeks; a period of consecutive 14 days
Good on ya:
Great job or well done
A lot; ie. “thanks heaps!”
How ya going?:
How are you doing
A pullover sweater
Excited to do something
Pooped, tired, exhausted
Nickname for McDonald’s
Friend/buddy; mate’s rates is a discounted price for work services from a friend
Don’t worry about it; no problem
Garbage; also, used to describe when something is bad or ridiculous
Bundle up to keep warm when it’s cold outside
She’ll be right:
Everything’s going to be ok
Someone’s turn to buy a round of drinks
Someone who is tame or unoffending
Spit the dummy
To throw a fit or get upset about something
Bottle of beer (a beer cozy/holder is called a stubbie holder)
Size up or study something; or, if someone seems a bit suspicious, you can call them suss
Small aluminium boat or a can of beer
Tracksuit or sweats/sweatpants
Made up name for a tiny town in the middle of nowhere