About Australia

Australia is a stable, democratic and culturally diverse nation with a highly skilled workforce and one of the strongest performing economies in the world.

With spectacular landscapes and a rich ancient culture, Australia is a land like no other. It is the earth's sixth-largest country in land area and is the only nation to govern an entire continent.

Snapshot of Australia

Full Title
Commonwealth of Australia
23 Million (December 2013)
Proportion of Population Born Overseas
28% (June 2013)
Proportion of Population Who Identify as Being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Origin
2.5% (2011)
Capital City
Largest City
Sydney Population 4.67 million (2013)
Surface Area
7.69 million sq kms (2.96 million sq miles)
Main language
English + more than 300 others
Australian dollar (AUD)
Life Expectancy
84 years (women) 80 years (men)
Gross Domestic Product Per Capita
A$67,100 (2013)
12.3 million (June 2014)
Inflation Rate
3% (June 2014)
Value of Exports of Goods and Services
A$318.5 billion (2013)
Major Goods and Services Exports
Iron ores and concentrates, coal, natural gas, education travel services, gold
Major Imports
Recreational travel services, crude petroleum, passenger motor vehicles, refined petroleum, freight transport services
Main Trading Partners
China, Japan, United States, Republic of Korea, Singapore
National Day
Australia Day: 26 January
Eastern: GMT+10hrs Central: GMT+9.5hrs Western: GMT+8hrs
Households with Internet Access
83% (June 2013)
International Students
410,925 (2013)

Australia in Brief publication

The cover image for the booklet. It depicts a painting, Jilji 2007, and has an area in the top right corner that contains the title: Australia in Brief.

Australia in Brief provides an authoritative overview of Australia's history, the land, its people and their way of life. It also looks at Australia's economic, scientific and cultural achievements and its foreign, trade and defence policies.

Australia in Brief