Which British accent is closest to the general Australian accent?

Does this correlate with where the majority of British Australians originate?

Any comments on the variations of either accents by regions are welcome.

  • This is an opinion-based question about accents. Seriously off-topic. Plus, what the hell is the "standard Australian accent"?. G'day sport, let's have a tinny and a lamington in the dunny, you galah? Aug 28, 2020 at 22:56
  • If I said standard American accent, would you know what I meant?
    – alrob
    Aug 28, 2020 at 23:25
  • The reason I phrased it this way is because there is not as much variation in the Aussie accent as there is in the UK accent. This is also why I added the last sentence. I'm in the English stack exchange.. What other stack exchange community would be more applicable?
    – alrob
    Aug 28, 2020 at 23:28
  • I don't think so. Can you be more specific? Provide details about the accents you're talking about. Also show the research you've done. Aug 28, 2020 at 23:28
  • Generally, when people use the phrase "standard accent" (in America at least), they use a newscaster as an example. Newscasters are trained to speak in a standard accent. I would be very surprised if this wasn't true in Australia as well.
    – alrob
    Aug 28, 2020 at 23:31

2 Answers 2


There is some variation in the Australian accent, and there are many sources for some of the words assumed to be Australian. The main influence is usually believed to be the various London accents. Australian rhyming slang is Cockney rhyming slang (again from part of London).

  • I have upvoted this in error. se my answer below.
    – Greybeard
    Aug 29, 2020 at 8:59
  • I don't see any connection between British rhyming slang and the Aussie accent.
    – BillJ
    Aug 30, 2020 at 13:11

Although there is a play/ply shift /pleɪ/ > /plʌɪ/ in various vowel sounds that is common to Cockney/Estuary English and standard Australian English, this is somewhat misleading:


Australian English began to diverge from British English after the First Settlers, who set up the Colony of New South Wales, arrived in 1788. By 1820, their speech was recognised as being different from British English. Australian English arose from the intermingling of early settlers, who were from a great variety of mutually intelligible dialectal regions of Great Britain and Ireland, and quickly developed into a distinct variety of English which differs considerably from most other varieties of English in vocabulary, accent, pronunciation, register, grammar and spelling.

  • Why not come straight to the point and say that the deportees from Britain to Botany Bay were low-class poorly spoken criminals, and when they arrived in Oz they got so drunk that their pronunciation become an alcoholic drawl resulting in the so-called 'Strine' accent that we know today.
    – BillJ
    Aug 30, 2020 at 13:37
  • Mainly because the oversimplification is oversimplified.
    – Greybeard
    Aug 30, 2020 at 13:42
  • Not according to my relatives in Oz!
    – BillJ
    Aug 30, 2020 at 13:44
  • I have precedence: I'm from the country that sent them there...
    – Greybeard
    Aug 30, 2020 at 14:42

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