Living in Sydney and Australia
Living in Sydney and Australia

Living in Australia means encountering many opportunities; it is a young, multicultural and open country with an ever-growing economy.   

Australia’s quality of life and unrivalled natural beauty make it the ideal destination for you if you have ever dreamed about improving your future.

Australian culture

You will probably notice some lifestyle differences between Australia and your home country. Here are some insights into Australian culture:

  • Australians are quite casual and informal. For example, most Australian students refer to their lecturers and tutors by their first names.

  • Australians expect everyone to be treated equally. It is customary to thank shop assistants and other service staff when they assist you.

  • It is important to be on time in Australia — it is polite to call if you are going to be late for an appointment.

  • Smoking is not permitted in restaurants, bars, nightclubs and many other public covered areas, such as train stations.

  • Littering is prohibited, as is drinking alcohol in a public place.

Most Australians will be happy to help you if you’re unsure of something.


Australia is a diverse and multicultural country. It is extremely welcoming towards international students and migrants, and celebrates the various cultures from which they come. With that said, as with many other countries around the world, Australia is not free from crime. There are certain methods that you can use to avoid being placed in vulnerable situations — tactics that can not only be used in Australia, but also around the world:

  • Know the emergency number for the emergency services (ambulance, fire brigade and police) in Australia: 000.

  • Always let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return. Walk with a friend when possible.

  • Stay in well-lit areas at night and avoid shortcuts through secluded areas, such as alleys or parks.

  • Always keep your doors locked in the car and at home, and place valuables under the seat or in the boot of your car.

The Australian Government has established a student hotline for international students who are concerned about their welfare: 1300 363 079. If immediate emergency assistance is required, the best thing to do is call the Australian emergency telephone number: 000.

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