Following a discussion of culture among Australians, it is perhaps pertinent to discuss the values associated with being Australian. As previously mentioned, Australians value a "fair go," that is to say, the chance for each and every person to succeed if they apply themselves. However, that is not the only value cherished among Australians. In this section, some of the most important of these values will be mentioned.
Equality among all, whether they are man or woman, no matter the person's ethnicity, is a value upheld in law in the nation of Australia. Equality is a must-have in this nation that, as previously noted, demands a "fair go."
Freedom of speech and association, of religion and secular government, is another value not only upheld in law, but also in the ingrained culture of Australians. In the construction of a society in this one-time penal colony of Great Britain, freedom is essential.
Democracy, an institution that is closely tied in with the aspects of freedom, is another value which is essential to the identity of Australians.
Egalitarianism, a value that originated perhaps with some of the Aboriginal peoples of Australia, has found a home in the modern Australian culture. A value that encompasses beliefs similar to that of the equality laws, egalitarianism, however, notes that none should be discriminated or held back due to someone's country of birth, cultural heritage, language or religious belief.