Australia

By: Laine Apple

Australia's land size and area

In land area, Australia is estimated to be 7,692,024 square Kilometers and the sixth largest nation after Russia, Canada, China, the United States of America and Brazil.

Australia's population

On 8 April 2014 at 04:14:38 AM (Canberra time), the resident population of Australia is projected to be 23,447,714

Education in Australia

Australia offers a diverse range of study options for international students, with more than 1,200 institutions and over 22,000 courses to choose from. You can study at all levels of education from primary and secondary school, to vocational education and training (VET), from English language courses to higher education (including universities). And regardless of what you are studying or how long you are studying for, Australia’s laws promote quality education and protection for international students.

Armed forces

The Australian Defense Force is the military organisation responsible for the defence of Australia. It consists of the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army, and Royal Australian Air Force. The ADF has a strength of just over 80,000 full-time personnel and active reservists, and is supported by the Department of Defence and several other civilian agencies.

Physical features

The geography of the country is extremely diverse, ranging from the snow-capped mountains of the Australian Alps and Tasmania to large deserts, tropical and temperate forests.

Australia's Economy

Australia has a developed modern market economy and has had one of the best economies of the world in recent years with high-growth, low-inflation and low interest rates, in other words the economy is very stable. Australia is a major exporter of agricultural products, particularly wheat and wool, minerals such as iron-ore and gold, and energy in the forms of liquified natural gas and coal. It has made a comparatively large investment in social infrastructure, including education, training, health and transport. Since 1992 Australia has averaged greater than 3 per cent economic growth and recorded over 17 consecutive years. This economic stability places Australia in the top percentage of developed countries in terms of sustained rates of growth.