Australian values

The Australian government encourages visitors and new residents to learn as much as they can about Australia, including Australia's heritage, language, customs, values and way of life.

We have introduced the Australian Values Statement and the Life in Australia book to help visa applicants learn what it means to live in Australia.  

We require most applicants to sign the Australian Values Statement when they apply for a visa.

Australian values statement

The Australia government requires most visa applicants aged 18 and over to sign the Australian Values Statement. In doing so they confirm they will respect Australia's laws and values during their stay in Australia.

You sign the Australian Values Statement when you apply for a visa (permanent or temporary visa) or at your interview (humanitarian visa).

There are two different Value Statements. If you are unsure what Australian Values Statement you have to sign, use the values statement visa selector.   

See > Australian values statement – Permanent

See > Australian values statement - Temporary

Life in Australia book

The Life in Australia book provides information about Australian history, culture, society and the values we share, to help you understand the Australian Values Statement.

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Do I need to read the Life in Australia book?

Permanent visa applicants and some temporary visa applicants must read, or have had explained to them, the Life in Australia book before signing the Australian Values Statement.

Other residents of Australia may also find the book useful, particularly those who work with migrants or who have relatives or friends who have recently arrived in Australia.

What do I do if I cannot read the Life in Australia book?

If you have difficulty reading the book, ask a friend or family member to explain the contents to you. You can also have your sponsor, agent (if you have one), or departmental officer explain the contents of the book to you.

Visa applicants

Permanent visa (including certain temporary visas)

If you are applying for a permanent, or an affected temporary visa, you may be required to:

If you are unsure what Australian Values Statement you have to sign, use the values statement visa selector

*If you are applying for a temporary visa, check the requirements of your application to see if you must read the Life in Australia book before applying.

Temporary visa

If you are applying for a temporary visa, you may be required to:

You do not have to read the Life in Australia book, although we encourage you to do so.

If you are unsure what Australian Values Statement you have to sign, use the values statement visa selector

*Check the requirements of your temporary visa to see if you must read the Life in Australia book before applying.

Humanitarian visa

If you are outside of Australia and applying for a humanitarian visa, you will:

You do not have to read the Life in Australia book, as staff will explain the contents of the book to you at your interview. This process recognises the difficult circumstances faced by humanitarian visa applicants outside Australia.

Become an Australian citizen

The Australian government encourages new residents to apply for Australian citizenship when they become eligible.

See Applying for Australian citizenship

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