Land area: 7.69 million km 2
Population: 20.00 million
Language: English
Currency: Australian dollars (A$)
Gross Domestic Product $716 billion (US$375 billion)
National colours: Green and gold
Time : Australia has three time zones:
East: GMT + 10
Central: GMT + 9.5
West: GMT + 8
Flight time Sydney-Perth: 5 hours
Flight time Adelaide-Darwin: 3 hours 40 minutes
Workforce: Almost 10 million
Registered motor vehicles : 12.46 million
People with mobile phones: 12.7 million
Households with Internet access: 37 per cent
Adults accessing Internet/year: 56 per cent
Households with computers: 67 per cent
Inflation rate: 3.2 per cent
Items handled by postal service: 4.9 billion per year
Overseas visitors (2002): 4.94 million
Highest point: 2228 metres above sea level (Mount Kosciuszko, New South Wales)
Lowest point: 15 metres below sea level (dry bed of Lake Eyre, South Australia)