Customs in Australia
The primary language spoken in Australia is English.
The currency used in Australia is the Australian Dollar (AUD) - $
Australians are modest and down to earth people, and prefer to surround themselves with others who are as well.
Customs and Etiquette in Everyday Life and Socialization
A typical greeting in Australia is casual: a handshake and smile with appropriate salutation for the time of day.
If you are invited to an Australian home for dinner, bring your hosts a gift of flowers, chocolates or wine. Call ahead and ask if your hostess would like you to bring a dish, and upon arrival offer to help with preparation. If you are invited to a barbecue, be prepared to be asked to bring your own beer and/or meat. When you are finished eating, indicate so by laying your utensils parallel to each other on the plate; offer to help the hostess clean up afterwards.
When it comes to gratuity, tipping is acceptable and appreciated in Australia.
Restaurants: 10 to 12%
Customs and Etiquette in Business
Appointments for meetings are necessary and should be scheduled a few weeks prior. It is important to show up on time, as punctuality is important to Australians.
Men should wear a business suit and tie at the initial meeting, although many businesses allow business casual attire. Ladies should dress in conservative skirts and blouses, pantsuits and/or dresses. If wearing accessories, avoid going overboard with them.
Wait to address your business contacts by their first name until they invite you to.