Cultural Diveristy-Australia


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Cultural diversity is an integral part of the business environment. By having a cultural diverse workforce, employees can gain new perspectives on business issues as well as an in-depth understanding of diverse business environments.To find out more information send us an email at with cultural diversity in the subject line.

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Cultural Diveristy-Australia

  1. 1. Cultural Diversity Claire Sookman Copyright Virtual Team Builders 2010
  2. 2. List of Countries Argentina Hong Kong South Africa Australia India South Korea Brazil Israel Sweden Canada Mexico Taiwan Colombia New Zealand United Kingdom Denmark Norway United States Germany Singapore Links & References Copyright Virtual Team Builders 2010
  3. 3. AUSTRALIA Location • Australia is a continent and a country in the Southern Hemisphere • Lying to the south of Southeast Asia, and dividing the Indian and South Pacific Oceans Copyright Virtual Team Builders 2010
  4. 4. AUSTRALIA Currency Australian Dollar Language The official language is English Copyright Virtual Team Builders 2010
  5. 5. AUSTRALIA Working Hours • 38 hours per week Business Culture • Australian organizations are fairly non-hierarchical in their structure • Little attention is paid to titles and rankings within organizations Copyright Virtual Team Builders 2010
  6. 6. AUSTRALIA Business Dress Code • Dark suits and ties are the standard dress • Women wear business suits • Dress for hot weather most of the year, ensure lightweight and cool clothing Copyright Virtual Team Builders 2010
  7. 7. AUSTRALIA Meetings Etiquette and Customs • Punctuality is required • Few minutes of small talk before starting the meeting is very common. • Prepared agendas are followed closely What is Appropriate or not in Business Meetings • Humor is acceptable and expected in business situations Copyright Virtual Team Builders 2010
  8. 8. AUSTRALIA Negotiation and Communication • Australians tend to be direct • Top management are the decision makers • Objective process of negotiation focusing on facts Copyright Virtual Team Builders 2010
  9. 9. AUSTRALIA Body Language • Direct eye contact demonstrates attention and sincerity • Shake hands to men and women Dinning Etiquette • Always arrive on time or a few minutes early • Keep your hands above the table and elbows off the table Copyright Virtual Team Builders 2010
  10. 10. AUSTRALIA Society, Culture and Religion • Australians enjoy talking about sports. Politics and religion are serious topics. • More than 11 million Australians aged 15 or over take part in sport or other physical activity. • The country is predominantly Christian but people are free to practice any religion they choose Copyright Virtual Team Builders 2010
  11. 11. Links & References • Australian Government, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade • Central Intelligency Agency: factbook/geos/as.html Retrieved on February 2010 Research and design by: Dina Daza, Nathan Kim, Hilary Yamasaky Copyright Virtual Team Builders 2010