English has been used in Australia for around 200 years, since the European settlers arrived in 1788, and is the 'de facto' national and official language. 'Australian English' has been gaining recognition in recent years as an autonomous variety. Historically, Australian English is derived from British English, but since the 1980s Australians have increasingly sought to develop their own reference guides to usage. These include the influential Macquarie Dictionary (1981), the first such publication which claimed to be 'Australia's own'. Population: 19 million. 

Blair, D. & P. Collins (eds) (2001) English in Australia. Amsterdam:
Eagleson, R.D. (1984) English in Australia and New Zealand. In Bailey, R.W. and M. Görlach (eds) English as a World Language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp.415-438.
Turner, G.W. (1994) English in Australia. In Burchfield, R.W. (ed.) The Cambridge History of the English Language. Vol. 5. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp.277-327 


Online Newspapers

The Australian
Online Radio Stations
Radio Australia
Radio West