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Personnel Relocations' advice on conforming to the Australian Business Etiquette

Personnel Relocations gives advice to integrate into the Australian Etiquette mould to newcomers and expats alike.

Migrating to Australia is a bold move that can be stressful. New country, new hemisphere for some, new etiquette, all these challenges can be quite daunting. Therefore, it is important to bear in mind some useful tips that Personnel Relocations details for us:


First, Australians are very accepting, let me reassure you. I remember a new arrival from India that I moved on behalf of a corporate client. He was a nervous wreck. The first order of the day was a coffee downstairs to meet the team, but he spilled his coffee across the table. This happens!

Please take a deep breath. Be open, honest, tell people you are nervous; they are not going to judge you or think less of you. Moving country is no easy feat, they might not relate to that, so explain.

Be humble

Second, to put your mind at rest and also to make you aware, Australia is considered a classless society.  By that, we mean we do not judge people based on their job status, earning potential or level of work they perform – not even the car they drive.  As mentioned, there are two reasons I bring this to your attention:

  1. You are not being judged, so try to relax.  Australians are far more likely to respect the international move you have made than to judge you as a foreigner. 
  2. You should mind yourself and your manners around everyone you meet.  A janitor is treated with exactly the same “good morning” greeting as you would the CEO if you passed either of them in the corridor.

It’s worth pointing out that it is inappropriate in a restaurant to snap your fingers, whistle or call out to service staff. It is even more inappropriate to do so in the office. 


Click here to read the complete list of advice provided by Personnel Relocations.

Source: Personnel Relocations


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