Australian English (AusE) is a non-rhotic regional dialect of English. It has three major dialect subgroups: Standard Australian English (SAusE); Aboriginal English and ethnocultural Australian English varieties.
It is relatively new - just over 200 years old - and originated in the early colony in Sydney.
In terms of accents, these range from the most local, Broad Australian, to an intermediate category, General Australian and, at the other extreme, a more British English variation, Cultivated Australian.
- Macquarie University Department of Linguistics: History & accent change
- Macquarie University Department of Linguistics: Australian accent
- Brunel University: "Overview of Australian English" Accent