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Good for/on you
What's the difference between "good for you" and "good on you"? As in:

You gave money to the poor? Good for you!
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From my observation here, "Good on you" (or simply "onya") can be a synonym for "Good for you". But it's also used in a more generic sense: "well done", or a general preface to indicate "you're a good guy".

I've also heard it used ironically, indicating "what a wanker".

A native Aussie might do a better job explaining that distinction, but there's my effort.
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Whoa! I have never heard "good on you" as an equivalent of good for you. Around here good on you is only used in the sense of "the dress looks good on you". Another regionalism? Puma
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"Good on you" is originally Australian. See discussion at Phrase Finder:

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That link pretty well sums it up. As an ex-Pom, I don't recall hearing 'Good on you' before I came to live in Australia.

It's useful because it's a multi-purpose expression of goodwill. While its main use is as a compliment for a worthy deed, it can also be used to express approval to someone who is the lucky beneficiary of a situation. I've even heard it used as a catch-all accolade in beer-soaked, maudlin conversations between male friends, as in:

'Good on ya, maaaate. I love you, maaate.'

And as the link points out, it's always 'good on ya', even from the mouths of otherwise speech-correct Australians. I suspect it's because it usually has an underlying tone of affection and therefore deserves to be informal. Let's hear it for the schwa!
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The thing is, I've heard Americans use it and I was confused. I always thought it was "good for you."
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You can probably blame Paul Hogan and 'Crocodile Dundee' for its entry into America. Or Steve Irwin.

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I always thought it was "good for you."

It always used to be.
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