About Australia

Australia is a stable, democratic society with a skilled workforce and a diversified, competitive economy. With a population of 24.1 million, Australia is the only nation to govern an entire continent and is the sixth largest country in the world by land area.

Australia’s multicultural society includes its indigenous peoples and migrants from some 200 countries worldwide. Its workforce is relatively large and highly trained, with many senior managers and technical staff possessing international experience. Three quarters of Australia’s workforce has university, trade or diploma qualifications.

Government relationships

The Australian Government provides support to all Australian states and territories


12.0 million
November 2016

Inflation rate

year-ended Sep 2016

Gross domestic product

AUD1.667 billion
(USD1.239 billion) year-end Sep 2016

Overseas visitors

8.2 million
12 months to November 2016

* Total number of people employed. Sources: Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian Bureau of Statistic, and Bloomberg