Our social customs are not unique to Australia. We are a relatively informal country but there are few customs that are useful to know.
- Men and women are treated equally in Australia.
- Most Australians tend to call each other by their first names, unless asked otherwise.
- We shake hands with new people we meet.
- We generally do not kiss or hug new acquaintances when meeting.
- You show respect by looking someone in the eye when you are talking to them
- Some workplaces, Clubs and movie theatres require a certain standard of dressing.
- We use the words “please” and “thank you” when buying goods and services.
- We say “sorry” if we accidentally bump into someone and “excuse me” if we want to get someone’s attention.
- Tipping is not a general common practice, but we do leave tips if we receive excellent service, around 10%, particularly in a restaurant or for a taxi fare.
- In Australia, you can be friends with members of the opposite sex and enjoy social outings together.