Study in - Australia

Australia is a stable, culturally diverse and democratic society with a skilled workforce and a strong, competitive economy. With a population of more than 21 million, Australia is the only nation to govern an entire continent. It is the earth's biggest island and the sixth–largest country in the world in land area.

Australia is one of the world's oldest landmasses and has been populated by human beings for an estimated 60 000 years. Before the arrival of European settlers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples inhabited most areas of the continent. Australia's contemporary history is relatively short, with the first European settlement established by Great Britain on 26 January 1788.

Australia has 10 per cent of the world's biodiversity and a great number of its 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 has the 14th biggest overall economy in the world and the 9th biggest industrialised economy (2007). Australia is the 15th richest nation in per capita terms, and is the 6th oldest continuously functioning democracy in the world.

Australia has a well-developed education system with participation rates among the highest in the world. Each year, Australia welcomes an increasing number of international students, with current figures rating Australia 3rd among English-speaking countries as a student destination (2007).

Australia's aid program aims to help people in developing countries to lift themselves out of poverty and responds quickly when disaster strikes. The primary focus is the Asia–Pacific region, which has the world's highest concentration of people living in poverty. Australia also provides aid to developing countries in Africa and the Middle East.

The key objective of Australia's foreign and trade policy is to promote our security and long-term prosperity. The challenge is to protect and advance Australia's national interests in a rapidly changing environment, while supporting a stable global order. The three pillars of Australia's international engagement are: active participation in the institutions of global governance, including the United Nations and the WTO; enhancing Australia's alliance with the United States; and engaging with the states and institutions of the Asia-Pacific region.

The quality of life enjoyed by people in Australia is one of the highest in the world. Australia's clean physical environment, health services, education and lifestyle combine to make it an attractive place to live. Australia's ancient Indigenous traditions and multiculturalism are reflected in the diverse cultures and forms of artistic talent present in the country.