Living in Australia, is a dream for many people. Labelled as “the lucky country” our nation is renowned for its warm climate, easy going lifestyle and opportunities to create a good life.
Australia’s first inhabitants were the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, whose unique culture and traditions are among the oldest in the world. The first migrants were mostly from Britain and Ireland and this Anglo–Celtic heritage has been a significant and continuing influence on Australia’s history, culture and political traditions. Subsequent immigration waves have brought people from Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe, all of whom have made their own unique contributions to Australia and its way of life.
Since the first European settlement at Sydney Cove in 1788, Australia’s population has grown through the arrival of migrants from about 200 countries, all wanting to create a fresh start. Today Australia has a population of nearly 24 million people – and migrants have enriched almost every aspect of Australian life. In turn, they have contributed to Australia’s tolerant, informal and broadly egalitarian society.
In Australia, people have many freedoms. However, in taking advantage of these freedoms, everyone is required to obey Australia’s laws, which have been put in place by democratically elected governments to maintain an orderly, free and safe society.
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