When you apply for your visa, you will be required to confirm that you will respect Australian values and obey Australian laws by signing or accepting the Australian values statement. And, if you don’t sign the Australian values statement, your application might be delayed or we might refuse your visa. We can consider an exception only in compelling circumstances.
Essentially, whenever you apply for a new visa, you will be required to sign or accept the Australian values statement. When you apply for a visa online, selecting the Australian values statement button will let the Department of Home Affairs know you and any dependants included in your application understand and agree with the Australian values statement.
For paper applications, the Australian values statement forms part of the general declaration section of your application. When you sign the application you also agree with the Australian values statement.
There are 2 versions of the Australian values statement. The version you must sign depends on what visa you apply for. These examples are highlighted below:
- When you apply for a temporary visa
For most temporary visa applications, the Australian values statement is:
I will respect Australian values as listed on this form, during my stay in Australia and will obey the laws of Australia.
- When you apply for a permanent or provisional visas
For permanent or provisional visa applications, the Australian values statement is:
I confirm that I have read, or had explained to me, information provided by the Australian Government on Australian society and values.
- Australian society values respect for the freedom and dignity of the individual, freedom of religion, commitment to the rule of law, Parliamentary democracy, equality of men and women and a spirit of egalitarianism that embraces mutual respect, tolerance, fair play and compassion for those in need and pursuit of the public good
- Australian society values equality of opportunity for individuals, regardless of their race, religion or ethnic background
- the English language, as the national language, is an important unifying element of Australian society.
I undertake to respect these values of Australian society during my stay in Australia and to obey the laws of Australia.
I understand that, if I should seek to become an Australian citizen:
- Australian citizenship is a shared identity, a common bond which unites all Australians while respecting their diversity
- Australian citizenship involves reciprocal rights and responsibilities. The responsibilities of Australian Citizenship include obeying Australian laws, including those relating to voting at elections and serving on a jury.
If I meet the legal qualifications for becoming an Australian citizen and my application is approved I understand that I would have to pledge my loyalty to Australia and its people.
Our Registered Migration Agents at Migration Centre of Australia have been in the migration industry for many years and have helped thousands of clients onshore and offshore. We are trained professionals in Australian Migration Law and we are trusted providers in the industry for our services. If you are thinking of applying for a visa and you wish to learn more about your obligations when you arrive in Australia, contact us today on (02) 4626 1002 or send us an email at email@example.com and one of my registered migration agents will be ready to help you.