Do you really know Australia?? Please find below some useful information about Australia… The below is information is provided in courtesy to Book Australia In Brief.
The name Australia is derived from the Latin Terra Australis (“Southern Land”) a name used for putative lands in the southern hemisphere since ancient times.
|Currency: Australian Dollar (AUD)
|Official Name: Commonwealth of Australia||Main Language: English + 300 More|
|Capital City: Canberra||Largest City: Sydney|
|Population: 23.94 million Approx.||International Students: 440,949 Approx.|
Australia is a country of striking landscapes, a rich ancient culture and one of the world’s strongest Economies. It is the sixth largest country in land area and is the only nation to govern an entire continent. Australia is the 4th largest economy in the Asian region and is the 12th largest economy in the world.
With a spectacular natural environment, high quality of life and great diversity, Australia is a sought after destination for international tourists. It has 10 per cent of the world’s biodiversity and a great number of its native plants and animals exist nowhere else on earth. From tropical rainforests in the north to the red deserts of the center, from the snowfields of the south-east to the Australian Antarctic Territory, it is a vast and varied land. Australia has many World Heritage sites including the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and the Sydney Opera House.
Australia is home to one of the world’s oldest living cultures, with Aboriginal communities established nearly 60,000 years before European settlement. Today, Australia is one of the world’s most multicultural countries, rich in Indigenous and immigrant cultures.
|Australia is a successful and prosperous nation, ranked second in the United Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Report 2014.
Australia’s economy is consistently ranked among the strongest of advanced economies in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. It is the world’s twelfth largest economy and a top performing nation on almost every measure of excellence, from health to wealth, from ease of doing business to educational attainment.
With low unemployment, low inflation and a highly skilled workforce, and with strong links with the fastest-growing region in the world – the Indo-Pacific – Australia’s economy is set to prosper well into the future.
Australia’s foreign and trade policy promotes its security and long-term prosperity. It seeks to protect and advance its national interests in a rapidly changing environment, while supporting a stable global order. Australia has been integrally involved in global efforts to build peace and security for decades, just as it has in promoting global trade and investment liberalization. Australia is a good international citizen, helping in times of crisis and supporting economic development in its region.
Study in Australia
Education is Australia’s largest services export. In 2016, more than 440,000 international students were studying and living in Australia, adding A$19.5 billion to the Australian economy. More than half of Australia’s universities are listed in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking (2015-16) and six are in the top 100.
International students are attracted to Australia by its high standard of teaching, its internationally accepted qualifications, and its welcoming and diverse society.
Australia has more than one thousand universities, training colleges, English language institutes and schools, offering international students some 25,000 courses. The quality of Australia’s vocational education and training sector is recognized around the world.
Six Australian universities were named among the world’s top 100 higher education institutions in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015–16. Australia’s two largest cities, Melbourne and Sydney, were ranked among the top 10 best student cities in the world according to the QS World University Rankings. In May 2014, Sydney was ranked the most popular city in the world for international students by global consultancy firm A. T. Kearney.
The Australian health system is world class in effectiveness and efficiency: Australia consistently ranks in the World Health Organization’s best performing group of countries for healthy life expectancy and health expenditure per person.
Medicare is Australia’s public health system, providing free public hospital care and subsidies for primary care. Medicare ensures that all Australians have access to a broad range of quality health services at little or no cost. The Australian Government provides significant financing for the health system, working closely with state and territory governments with responsibility for on-the-ground delivery of hospital services. A private health sector complements the public system.
The non-Indigenous Australian population has a generally good health status with an average life expectancy at birth of 83 years (80 for men and 84 for women), one of the highest in the world. There are some groups with poor health status, and improving the life expectancy of Indigenous peoples is a national priority. Generally, the pattern of disease in Australia is similar to that of other developed countries
Australia’s strong economic performance, combined with its proximity to and experience in working with Asian nations, makes Australia an excellent place to do business. Its economic resilience and strong growth rate create opportunities for business in a safe, low-risk environment. In 2015, Australia was ranked by the World Bank as one of the fastest places in the world in which to start a new business—it can take just three days.
From the resources sector to high-end agribusiness, higher education, the services sector and medical research, Australian businesses are keen to collaborate with partners at home and overseas. Australia has one of the most educated, multicultural and multilingual workforces in the world. Its research institutions are world class and there are generous tax incentives for research and development.