Nine Values for Australian Schooling
Nine values for Australian Schooling have emerged from Australian school communities and from the
National Goals for Schooling in Australia for the 21st Century.
These shared values such as respect and ‘fair go’ are part of Australia’s common democratic way of life,
which includes equality, freedom and rule of law. They reflect our commitment to a multi cultural and
environmentally sustainable society where all are entitled to justice.
The Nine Values for Australian Schooling are:
1. Care and Compassion
Care for self and others.
2. Doing Your Best
Seek to accomplish something worthy and admirable, try hard, pursue excellence.
3. Fair Go
Pursue and protect the common good where all people are treated fairly for a just society.
Enjoy all the rights and privileges of Australian citizenship free from unnecessary
interference or control, and stand up for the rights of others.
5. Honesty and Trustworthiness
Be honest, sincere and seek the truth.
Act in accordance with principles of moral and ethical conduct; ensure consistency
between words and deeds.
Treat others with consideration and regard, respect another person’s point of view.
Be accountable for one’s own actions, resolve differences in constructive, non-violent
and peaceful ways, contribute to society and to civic life, take care of the environment.
9. Understanding, Tolerance and Inclusion
Be aware of others and their cultures, accept diversity within a democratic society,
being included and including others.
(National Framework for Values Education in Australian Schools)
National Safe School Framework (2829 KB)