Skip to Content

Department of Linguistics

Are there different varieties of the Australian English accent?

There are three major subgroups of the Australian accent: Standard Australian English, Aboriginal Australian English, and Ethnocultural Australian English. Standard Australian English is spoken by the majority. Aboriginal Australian English is spoken by the majority of Indigenous Australians. Ethnocultural varieties may be spoken by people as an expression of ethnic, cultural or non-mainstream identity. Speakers often switch between the different subtypes. Within each of these subtypes there is a continuum of variation.