Australia is a stable, democratic society with a skilled workforce and a strong, competitive economy. With a population of over 20 million, Australia is the only nation to govern an entire continent and is the sixth-largest country in the world in land area. Australia’s multicultural society includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and migrants from some 200 countries.
Australian exports are a mix of traditional commodities, services and advanced manufacturing. The economy is open and innovative, with a commitment from the Australian Government to maintain economic growth in a competitive environment. Over the past decade, strong growth has been accompanied by low inflation and interest rates, and solid productivity.
The Australian Government is firmly committed to supporting Australian innovation and excellence through an ongoing action plan called ‘Backing Australia’s Ability—Building our Future through Science and Innovation’.
In a global economy, language skills are a great advantage for the national workforce. Although English is the official language in Australia, more than 4.1 million Australians speak a second language. As a result, Australia offers the familiarity of a Western business culture with a workforce capable of operating in both Asian and Western business environments. In fact, Australia has a greater range of Asian language skills than any other country in Asia or the Pacific. More than 840 companies have established their regional headquarters in Australia.
The language skills and other capabilities that attract foreign companies are, in part, a result of Australia’s diverse multicultural society. In almost 60 years of planned post-war migration, Australia has welcomed over 6 million migrants, including more than 600 000 refugees. Over this time, the population has increased from about 7 million to 20 million.
Australia’s spectacular natural environment, rich Indigenous history and culture, multicultural communities, and vibrant food and wine sector make it one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. More than 5 million people visit Australia every year, making the tourism industry the largest contributor to Australian services export earnings.
A great number of Australia’s native plants, animals and birds exist nowhere else in the world. Australia is committed to conserving its unique environment and natural heritage and has a range of protection procedures in place, including World Heritage listings and many national parks and wildlife sanctuaries.
Australia is the third most popular study destination in the English-speaking world, with more than 200,000 international students in Australian institutions across all education sectors: higher education, vocational education and training, English Language colleges, and schools.
The Australian government invests billions of dollars each year in developing Australian education and in university research.
Australian institutions have an international focus within their courses and activities. They exchange staff with institutions overseas, participate in international forums, and have partnerships and joint projects with overseas institutions and international research centres.
Australia’s Golden Outback
Vast clear skies and theatrical landscapes. True outback adventures, authentic Aboriginal encounters and visits to settlements built by goldrush pioneers.
Images of the vast clear skies and theatrical landscapes of the Golden Outback region will stamp themselves forever in your minds eye.
This is the place for true outback adventure. Driving becomes an activity in itself rather than a means to an end, and camping under the stars is a mystical experience.
Look for tours offering authentic Aboriginal encounters in and around the mining towns and settlements built by goldrush pioneers. Or simply get into the laid back atmosphere of rural life among grandiose heritage buildings, friendly pubs and hospitable farmstays.
I feel delighted to know that Australian Environmental Council will host a two-week eco-tour to Australia. As an environmental volunteer, I sincerely want to take part in this activity and introduce myself as follows:
I’m a senior one student, studying in Guangming High School. I’m an easy-going and hard-working boy. What interests me most is eco-tour. I have taken part in many activities, which give me a deep impression. At the same time I can speak English fluently and can easily communicate with local people.
The aim to apply for this activity is to understand how to develop eco-tour in Australia. And I hope I’ll have the chance to pay a visit to the wildlife nature reserves and have a better understanding of environment protection . I’m sure I will benefit a lot from this two-week eco-tour. I’d appreciate it if you can take my application into consideration.
Look forward to hearing your reply.