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%
• Taxis: Round up
• Porters and Bellhops: $2 per bag

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.

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