30 Things you Need to know about Australia before Migrating

35 Things you need to know about australia before migrating


  • Do not forget to carry photocopies of your identity and other essential documents
  • Do carry a list of emergency phone numbers
  • Use titles Mr., Mrs., and Miss when first introduced

Australia dont’s:

  1. Do not forget to carry photocopies of your identity and other essential documents wherever you go and leave copies with trust family back home.
  2. Do not bring with you prohibited items, such as meat, packaged, dairy products or fresh fruits and vegetables.
  3. Do not eat, drink and smoke on public transports, most stores, and public buildings.
  4. Do not blow your nose in public which is socially unacceptable.
  5. Do not swim outside the red and yellow flags at beaches for your safety. These flags designate safe areas.
  6. Do not swim in the ocean until you have checked the warnings posted on the beaches.
  7. Do not hire any vehicle from unlicensed operators.
  8. Do not be surprised by what they wear or not wear on the beaches. Lady Jane is the nude beach in Sydney.
  9. Do not be offended being addressed by your first name. In Australia, first names are used both in personal greetings and business correspondence. Professional titles are not prominent in Australian business culture and are sometimes dismissed as pretentious.
  10. Do not touch, pat or hug other men in public which is considered socially unacceptable.
  11. Do not visit without an appointment. Unannounced visits are not part of Australian culture; always make a call before you wish to meet the people.
  12. Do not be surprised if you are asked to bring your own beer and meat for the grill when invited to a barbecue in Australia. Barbecues are a big part of Australian culture, people will typically bring their own beer or wine for their own consumption.
  13. Do not put your elbows on the table when eating, and do indicate that you are full by putting your knife and fork parallel on your plate with the utensil handles facing right.
  14. Women generally do not shake hands with other women.
  15. Do not comment on anyone’s accent, accents often distinguish social class.
  16. Do not sniff or blow your nose in public.
  17. If you are teased you are expected to reply in kind, with good humor. Such self-confidence will increase and Australians respect for you.
  18. Do not say I’m stuffed after a mean this means you are pregnant.
  19. It is not customary to exchange business gifts during initial meetings

Australia dos:

  1. Do carry a list of emergency phone numbers and your embassy contact information.
  2. Do make sure you wear waterproof sun cream to avoid sunburn when outdoors.
  3. Do keep your valuables in the safe deposit of your hotel room safely.
  4. Do sit in the front with the taxi driver which is customary for men in Australia, but a woman traveling alone should sit in the back left passenger seat of the car.
  5. Do wear casual clothing if you are not going to a business function. For business, functions wear a dark business suit and tie for men or a skirt and blouse or a dress for a woman.
  6. Do greet with a smile and a handshake. It is customary to shake hands at the beginning and end of a meeting. Gday mate (mate) is popular casual greeting, particularly between individuals who have already known each other.
  7. Do maintain personal space and keep an eye contact when speaking to an Australian which is important in their culture.
  8. Use titles Mr., Mrs., and Miss when first introduced.
  9. Australians generally move to a first-name basis quickly. Still, wait to use first names until invited to do so.
  10. Australians follow Continental-style dining etiquette (fork in the left-hand knife in the right)
  11. Stick with standard English, not Aussie terms.
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