Living in Australia and Migration 

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australia’s current population is 22.5 million and growing, and includes a gain of one international migrant every 3 minutes. Australia is the 6th largest country in the world, yet enjoys a population density of barely more than two people per square kilometer. Even so, close to 90% of Australians live in concentrated urban areas. This makes Australia one of the world’s most urban countries and her thriving capital cities seem to become ever-more ethnically and culturally enhanced without losing their traditional close knit sense of community and laid back feel. A preference for coastal urban living also makes Australia a country which features vast expanses of incredible, untouched wilderness, much of which is continually assessed and protected to ensure it remains a source of enjoyment for future generations. Nineteen of Australia’s most significant sites are protected on the World Heritage List, and in 2012 Australia created the world’s largest network of marine reserve by declaring 2.3 million square kilometers of Australia’s oceans to be protected areas.

It’s not a myth- life is good in Australia. At 82 years, life expectancy for Australians ranks amongst the highest in the world. Australians and permanent residents enjoy the benefit of Medicare- an excellent government subsidized health care scheme. Australia has a high GDP and is renowned for its strong resilient economy, comfortable working hours, and excellent salaries. Education is consistently ranked at a high level, with several Australian universities being counted amongst the world’s top 100 academic institutions. Australian capital cities constantly rank well under quality of life indicators, and Melbourne and Sydney are currently regarded as two of the best cities to live anywhere in the world.

If you wish to come to Australia, permanently or temporarily, you must hold a visa that suits the purpose for your visit. The many varied reasons for visiting Australia include:

  • Touring, working holiday, transit, visiting family or friends, sports competitions, performing arts or other events.
  • To live with a partner, or extended family in Australia.
  • Students or people seeking training or skills development in Australia.
  • Professionals and other skilled workers seeking work or business in Australia.
  • People moving permanently to Australia or returning from overseas.
  • Refugees or people who wish to enter Australia for other humanitarian reasons.

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Values and Principles

The Australian government believes that new residents should be encouraged to learn as much as they can about their new country, its heritage, language, customs, values, way of life, and to apply for Australian citizenship when they become eligible.

The infamous quality of life in Australia can be partially related to the rights and freedoms granted to its citizens. In return, Australians have a duty to accept, adopt, and respect the values that form the basis of the Australian community. Those values are:

  • The rule of law;
  • The democratic principles of government (and institutions such as the Constitution and parliamentary democracy);
  • Acceptance of cultural diversity (tolerance);
  • Equality of sexes and ethnic backgrounds;
  • Equality of opportunity;
  • Freedom of speech and religion;
  • English as the national language.

Australian Values Statement

From 15 October 2007, all applicants aged 18 years and over are required to sign a values statement when applying for selected visas. The statement requires applicants to confirm that they will respect the Australian way of life and obey the laws of Australia before being granted a visa.

Who does it apply to?

For most visa applicants the Australian Values Statement is included in the application form. Be aware that there are two different values statements. The statement you will be required to sign depends on the visa you are applying for.

Before signing a values statement, all provisional, permanent, and some temporary visa applicants are required to have read, or have had explained to them, certain information provided by the Australian government. This information is contained in the Life in Australia book.

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

People currently outside Australia who are applying for a Humanitarian visa are required to sign the values statement at interview. These applicants will not be expected to have read the Life in Australia book, as the contents of the book will be explained to them at interview. This different process recognizes the difficult circumstances often faced by Humanitarian visa applicants outside Australia.

Australian Values Statement – Provisional and Permanent

Australian Values Statement – Temporary Visa Applicants [part of the application]

There are a small group of visas that do not require the Australian Values Statement. This group includes and is not limited to:

  • Visitor visas
  • New Zealand citizens entering Australia on a special category visa