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