Australians are considered to be relaxed, informal, with a love of sport and outdoor life.
Australian values include:
- respect for the freedom and dignity of the individual
- equality of men and women
- freedom of religion
- commitment to the rule of law
- support for Parliamentary democracy
- a spirit of equality that embraces mutual respect, tolerance, fair play, compassion for those in need and pursuit of the public good
- equal opportunity for individuals, regardless of their race, religion or ethnic background
These values can be expressed differently by different people, but their meaning stays the same. The values underpin Australian society and culture, and community support. They apply to temporary residents such as students as well.
There are certain days each year that are considered to be of national significance and may include special events, these are known as Public Holidays. These can vary across states and territories but are usually the same. For many workers and students public holidays mean a day without work.
If a Public Holiday takes place over a weekend, the next working day will be taken as the Public Holiday.
Some of Public Holidays that are celebrated in Western Australia each year include:
Australia Day – January 26
Australia Day celebrates what's great about Australia and being Australian. Australians use this day to reflect on what we have achieved and what we can be proud of in our nation. It’s a day to re-commit to making Australia an event better place for the future. The day marks the founding of the first settlement by European people.
In Perth we celebrate Australia Day with a large fireworks display held by the Swan River in the centre of Perth. Across Australia people come together to celebrate with barbeques and parties.
Anzac Day – April 25
Anzac Day remembers the day that Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) landed at Gallipoli in Turkey in 1915 during World War I. We pay our respects to those who fought and lost their lives to war. Ceremonies and military parades are held across Australia.
Western Australia (WA) Day – June
WA Day celebrates Western Australia’s Indigenous history, early European settlers, and the many people from all over the world who have made Western Australia their home.
View the full list of Public Holidays in Western Australia
Australia is considered to be a sport loving nation, as most people enjoy watching and playing sports. The most popular sports include
Australian Rules Football (AFL),
Water sports such as
surfing are also very popular due to Western Australia’s lovely weather and beautiful beaches.