Australia is famous for its unmatched diversity and remarkable beauty. It is massive; in size it rivals the USA, yet its population is just over twenty one million – little more than that of the National Capital Region of India! Visitors expecting to see an opera in Sydney one night and meet Crocodile Dundee the next will have to re-think their grasp of geography in this huge country. It is this sheer vastness that gives Australia and its diverse population much of its character.
Its gregarious friendly people, breathtaking blue skies, glistening gold sandy beaches, cinnamon-red earth, gorgeous cities exuberating boundless youthful energy… all sum up to make it a place like no other. It is said that in Australia, the possibilities are only as endless as your imagination.
Australia has a prosperous, Western-style mixed economy, with a per capita GDP slightly higher than those of the UK, Germany, and France in terms of purchasing power parity. The country was ranked third in the United Nations’ 2006 Human Development Index and sixth in The Economist worldwide quality-of-life index 2005.
Australia has some of the world’s least expensive cities. The cost of living in Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, and Perth is less than half that of the world’s most expensive cities. At the same time, Australia’s major cities are all ranked in the world’s top 30 for quality of life. Prices are relatively low for essentials such as food, drink and clothes. Australia’s cost of living is lower than that of Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, the United States and the United Kingdom.
Australian culture is vibrant, multifaceted, lively and constantly evolving. Cultural and linguistic diversity is a feature of modern Australian life and it continues to give the nation distinct social, cultural and business advantages.
Australians recognise, accept, respect and celebrate cultural diversity. They embrace the heritage of indigenous Australians, early European settlers, and those of the diverse range of migrants now making Australia their home. With people from over 140 countries making Australia their home and with some 200 languages between them, Australia is one of the world’s most multicultural countries. Australia has one of the most cosmopolitan populations in the world. Almost one in four of Australia’s 19 million people were born overseas.
Australia is a safe country compared to almost anywhere in the world. Crime and political unrest are limited in Australia. Australia’s low crime rates and strict gun control laws provide a safe environment. Students can be sure that their study plans and progress are not likely to be upset by political turmoil.