Laying the foundation to the start of a life in Australia can be exciting, but you may definitely feel like a stranger in a foreign land as you learn about the different customs and unwritten rules of etiquette. Having knowledge of Australian etiquette in business and social situations, however, is more than just about good manners; it will help you make connections in your new home with neighbours, colleagues and peers. You will appear confident and knowledgeable about norms in your new country, putting yourself and others at ease!
Part of being in a new country is meeting new people all the time. So make sure you present yourself well and make a good first impression. Here are some simple things to consider that would assist you to stand out in any scenario, personal or professional.
- Wear clean and tidy clothing. Buy pieces that co-ordinate with each other, and easily mix and match.
- Wear clothes that are the right size and style for your body, and suitable for the occasion.
- Clean, shined shoes are a must.
- Always be groomed properly by showering, using deodorant, and having clean nails, neat hair and appropriate makeup.
- Eye contact is valued in Australia as a sign of paying attention, focusing and showing respect.
- Have good posture and stand straight during introductions and when shaking hands.
- Be aware of your non-verbal cues such as body language and facial expressions. Make an effort to smile!
- Be attentive to your choice of words by being positive and supportive.
- Be courteous and respectful to others and yourself.