Friday, 30 October 2020
Media release

Stronger focus on Australian values for visa applicants

​​From today, new applicants for most visas will be required to sign or accept an updated Australian Values Statement, with a greater focus on values like freedom, respect, equality and the rule of law.

​The declaration that Australian citizenship applicants sign as part of their application has also been updated to mirror the wording of the Australian Values Statement.

Our shared values unite us as Australians and underpin the freedom and prosperity that makes our nation so attractive for the millions of migrants who choose to visit, work and settle here.

The updated statement better reflects the importance we place on these values and is the first substantial change to the Australian Values Statement since it was introduced in 2007.

There will now be one statement for both temporary and permanent visa applicants that confirms they understand and will conduct themselves in line with our values and our laws.

Those who want to settle in Australia permanently will also commit to make reasonable efforts to learn English, so they can fully participate in the community and have the best possible chance to get a job. There is no new test or threshold associated with this change.

The changes are part of the Morrison Government’s $62.8 million investment in protecting our social cohesion, which builds on the $71 million social cohesion package announced in March 2019.

As previously announced, a new Australian Citizenship Test​ with a stronger focus on Australian values will also come into effect on 15 November.

The Life in Australia booklet provides visa applicants with supporting information on the values ​in the updated Australian Values Statement.

For more information visit ​https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/meeting-our-requirements/australian-values​​