Australia

FORUM MEMBERSHIP: 1971
INDEPENDENCE DAY: 1 January 1901 / 26 January every year
CAPITAL: Canberra
AREA: 7.7 million sq km
EEZ: 8.2 million sq km
POPULATION: 24.22 million estimated (Sept 2016)
LANGUAGE: English
CURRENCY: Australian dollar
ECONOMY: Agriculture, manufacturing, mining, education and tourism
STATUS: Constitutional monarchy under HM Queen Elizabeth II
HEAD OF STATE: Governor-General the Hon Sir Peter Cosgrove
HEAD OF GOVERNMENT: Prime Minister The Hon Scott Morrison MP
WEBSITE: www.australia.gov.au

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