Cultural Clues… Do’s & Taboos
A series of cultural tips for countries from A to Z
Communication Guidelines for Australia
- Unlike some countries, Australians are open to discuss religion, politics and even the Australian government.
- Australian traditions and sports are always great topics.
- Discuss something about the area of Australia you’re visiting. Australians are very proud of their country. Know the landmarks.
- Your international travels to other countries is always of interest
- The beauty of the cities, local sites, gardens, coastlines (the Gold Coast is famous) and the Outback if you get a chance to visit.
- Australian food; restaurants, beer and wine. Australia has excellent food!
- Australian culture in general; theater, movies and opera
- Compliments are welcome!
Conversation to Avoid
- Criticizing or joking about Australia, its culture and traditions, or other Australians, even if your Australian companions are doing so.
- Ethnic relations as it relates to the history of the Aborigines
- Talking too much about your education, professional experience, business success, and related achievements may be considered a boosting.
- Australians are often distrustful of authority and of people who think that they are somehow “better” than others. Remain modest in conversation.
- If you are invited out for a drink, don’t bring up the subject of business unless your host does so.
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