Australian Values Statement

What is the Values Statement?

All applicants aged 18 years and over are required to sign an Australian values statement when applying for an Australian visa. The statement requires applicants to confirm they will respect the Australian way of life and obey the laws of Australia before being granted a visa.

Who needs to do a Values Statement?

All provisional, permanent and a small number of temporary visa applicants are required to have read or had explained to them information provided by the Australian government before signing the values statement. This information is contained in the Life in Australia book. The confirmation of acceptance of this is found in the online or paper application used for the visa application. The applicant agrees to this when lodging the visa application on the form or online.

Where can I get a Values Statement?

The Australian Values Statement is included in the application forms for most visa subclasses or a link to the Department of Home Affairs website if using the online lodgement process. There are two different values statements and the applicable version to the applicant is dependent on the intended visa.

For all other temporary visa applicants the Australian Values Statement is included in the general declaration section of their visa application form.

Access to the Value Statement in various languages can be found at


There is a small group of visas that do not require the Australian Values Statement. This group includes, but is not limited to; Visitor visas and New Zealand citizens entering Australian on a special category visa.