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Understanding Australia: Home

This guide provides useful information and links to resources on Australia.

Need To Know

This section helps prepare an individual before visiting Australia, such as learning the cultural etiquette, basic conversational phrases, and even some useful local contact numbers.

Cultural Dos and Don’ts

For more information, please check out the following resources: 

Australian Slang

Learning the slang vocabulary used by any native English speakers is a challenge… And Australian slang is no exception!

Phone Apps

    Lessons are broken down into bite-sized chunks and it feels like you’re playing a game. Duolingo is a great introduction, but it can feel like you’re learning a random mix of information, often through repetition. The more you do, the more robust your vocabulary will be.
    The only way to become fluent in a new language is to speak it. Tandem is geared toward conversations with native speakers. The idea is that you can help one another learn new languages via text, audio, and video chat. The app vets you and then helps you to find a partner who shares your interests. They teach you and you teach them.


Australian Dollar (AUD).

More details on the exchange rate.

Dialing Code


Australia City Codes

Useful Contact Numbers

Melbourne and Sydney


Local Media Source

This section links to the various local news media in Australia.

What To Look Out For

This section informs the common scams and crimes to look out for when visiting Australia.


Australian travellers of all ages and backgrounds have been victims of scams overseas. Before you go overseas, be aware of some of the common scams that happen to travellers. Take steps to minimise your risk.

Crime & Security

Find out more information on the common crime threats, areas of concerns, transportation-road safety, and even terrorism threat.

Books about Australia

This section lists some recommended readings about Australia.

Acceptable Use Policy

Electronic resources (e.g., databases, datasets, e-journals, e-books and streaming audio/video) provided by the SMU Libraries are governed by license agreements that restrict use to current students, faculty and staff of SMU and the Singapore Copyright Act.

The use of electronic resources must comply with the Appropriate Use of Electronic Resources Policy and Singapore Management University Acceptable Use Policy