On this page:
- Australian Values Statement
- Life in Australia
When applying for selected visas, applicants aged 18 years and over are required to sign an Australian Values Statement confirming they will respect Australian values and obey the laws of Australia.
Australian values include:
- respect for the freedom and dignity of the individual
- equality of men and women
- freedom of religion
- commitment to the rule of law
- parliamentary democracy
- a spirit of egalitarianism that embraces mutual respect, tolerance, fair play, compassion for those in need and pursuit of the public good
- equality of opportunity for individuals, regardless of their race, religion or ethnic background.
These values may be expressed in different ways by different people while still maintaining the same meaning. They are not unique to Australia, but have broad community agreement and underpin Australian society and culture.
The values statement is included with most visa application forms either as a question or as part of the declaration.
Life in Australia
Before signing the values statement question on the application form, all applicants for provisional, permanent and some temporary visas are required to have read, or had explained to them, information on values provided by the Australian Government. This information is contained in the booklet, Life in Australia , which contains information to help visa applicants understand Australian values before they sign the values statement.
For most temporary visa applicants, the values statement is included in the general declarations section on their application form.
People currently outside Australia who are applying for a Humanitarian visa are required to sign the values statement during an interview. These applicants will not be expected to have read Life in Australia, as the contents will be explained to them at the interview. This different process recognises the difficult circumstances often faced by Humanitarian visa applicants outside Australia.
There is a small group of visas that do not require acknowledgement of the Australian Values Statement. This group includes and is not limited to:
- Visitor visas
- New Zealand citizens entering Australia on a Special Category visa
- Resident Return visas.
Note: The Life in Australia booklet is available to download in English and other community languages. If a person is not able to read the Life in Australia booklet, they can ask a friend, relative, sponsor or agent to explain the book to them. Alternatively, they can have the content explained to them by a departmental officer.