While Americans and Australians may appear similar in language and culture, the two nations are actually quite different. Understanding these idiosyncrasies will ensure Australian businesses are better equipped to negotiate deals and develop long-term business relationships. Below are some primary aspects to consider: For Australian businesses, it often seems that Americans are more likely to build personal relationships through business deals, rather than build business deals through personal relationships. This means Australian businessmen and women, need to focus on getting the details of the deal right first, with the idea that a relationship might develop later.