Signing Process for the Updated Australian Values Statement
Thousands of people from all over the world apply for migration to Australia each year. Since the applicants come from all around the world, it is crucial for them to have a proper cultural fit in Australia. Keeping these requirements in view, it has now been made mandatory, as of 30th October, 2020, for temporary and permanent visa applications to sign a declaration that reflects the updated Australian Values Statement, with a greater focus on values such as freedom, respect, equality and rule of the law. By this, the Australian Government encourages people to know more about Australia, its value system, its people and their way of life, before applying for a visa to live in Australia.
Australian Values Statement
The values stated in the Australian Values Statement are listed below:
- respect for the freedom and dignity of the individual;
- freedom of religion (including the freedom not to follow a particular religion), freedom of speech, and freedom of association;
- commitment to the rule of law, which means that all people are subject to the law and should obey it;
- parliamentary democracy whereby our laws are determined by parliaments elected by the people, those laws being paramount and overriding any other inconsistent religious or secular ‘laws’;
- equality of opportunity for all people, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, race, or national or ethnic origin;
- a ‘fair go’ for all that embraces:
- mutual respect;
- compassion for those in need;
- equality of opportunity for all;
- the English language as the national language, and as an important unifying element of Australian society
To read the Australian Values Statement and view the form to be signed by the applicants, click here.
For more details on the Australian Values, click here.
Key Updates to the Statement
As a key update to the Australian Values Statement, a statement has now been included requiring permanent and temporary visa applicants to confirm that they understood and therefore will conduct themselves in line with Australian values and laws.
It is also necessary for permanent residence applicants to take reasonable efforts to learn English, the national language of Australia. This is to ensure that they are able to live with the community and get a job.
The changes made are initiative of the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison Government’s $62.8 million investment to protect Australia’s social unity and structure.
New Australian Citizenship Test
A new Australian Citizenship Test will also be brought into effect as of November 15, 2020. This test will have a stronger focus on Australian values. The updated test will contain 20 multiple-choice questions, including five questions on Australian values. Test participants will be required to correctly answer all questions on Australian values, with a score of at least 75 percent overall, to pass the test.
For more details about the test, click here.
To take a practice test, click here.
Keeping the immigration applicant’s social and cultural fit in view, signing of the Australian Values Statement by the applicants is a very crucial step in the visa application process. The Federal Government is taking constant measures to ensure that the Australian social unity and structure is always preserved.
Ranbir Singh is a Registered Migration Agent with over 10 years of experience in Australian Migration Law. Ranbir specialises in General Skilled Migration, Employer Sponsored Visas, Partner Visas and Administrative Appeals Tribunal reviews. In his ten years of career, Ranbir has helped thousands of people in achieving their goal of securing Australian permanent residency.