Values & Principles
Australian Values and Principles
All Australians are entitled to a number of fundamental freedoms (within the bounds of the law), including speaking freely and openly, joining associations, holding meetings, worshipping their chosen religions and moving throughout Australia without restrictions.
As a new resident to Australia, you are encouraged to share the values that support our way of life. Before you apply for a visa to live in Australia, you are required to sign an Australian Values Statement confirming that you will respect Australian values and obey the laws of Australia. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection booklet ' Life in Australia - Australian Values and Principles' explains our values in detail.
Australian values include:
- respect for equal worth, and the dignity and freedom of the individual
- freedom of speech
- freedom of religion and secular government
- freedom of association
- support for parliamentary democracy and the rule of law
- equality under the law
- equality of men and women
- equality of opportunity
- a spirit of egalitarianism that embraces tolerance, mutual respect and compassion for those in need.
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. For more information, click on the ' Life in Australia - Australian Values and Principles' link below.