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Australia - The Facts

  • Full name: Commonwealth of Australia 
  • Population: 20.7 million (UN, 2007) 
  • Capital: Canberra 
  • Largest city: Sydney 
  • Area: 7.7 million sq km (2.9 million sq miles) 
  • Major language: English 
  • Major religion: Christianity 
  • Life expectancy: 79 years (men), 84 years (women) (UN) 
  • Monetary unit: 1 Australian dollar = 100 cents 
  • Main exports: Ores and metals; wool, food and live animals; fuels, transport machinery and equipment 
  • GNI per capita: US $32,220 (World Bank, 2006) 
  • Internet domain: .au 
  • International dialling code: +61 
  • Head of state: Queen Elizabeth II, represented by Governor-General Michael Jeffery 
  • Prime minister: Kevin Rudd 
  • The press
    • The Sydney Morning Herald - daily
    • Herald Sun - Melbourne-based daily
    • The Australian - national daily
    • The Daily Telegraph - Sydney-based daily
    • The Courier-Mail - Brisbane-based daily
    • The West Australian - Perth-based daily
    • The Age - Melbourne-based daily
    • The Advertiser - Adelaide-based daily
    • Australian Financial Review - business daily 
  • Television
    • ABC - national public network
    • Australia Network - international channel, run by ABC
    • SBS TV - national multicultural public broadcaster, programmes in English and 60 other languages
    • Seven Network - national, commercial
    • Nine Network - national, commercial
    • Ten Network - national, commercial
    • Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) - licenses and regulates TV stations; station lists available
    • Foxtel - pay-TV operator, owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, the Packer group and telecommunications giant Telstra
    • Optus - pay TV operator
  • Radio
    • ABC - public, operates speech-cultural network Radio National, news station ABC NewsRadio, youth-oriented Triple J, classical and contemporary music network ABC Classic FM and local-regional services
    • Radio Australia - ABC's external service, targeted at Asia-Pacific region via shortwave and internet
    • SBS Radio - national multicultural, multilingual public network, broadcasts in 68 languages
    • Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) - licenses and regulates radio stations; station lists available
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