Launch of Defence Values and Behaviours

Published on Department of Defence (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Topic(s): Culture, Plan Pelorus, Values and Behaviours

File image: Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN, speaks to Submarine Force personnel on Diamantina Pier at Fleet Base West, Rockingham, WA, in August 2019. (This image was taken prior to COVID-19 social distancing requirements). (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)
File image: Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN, speaks to Submarine Force personnel on Diamantina Pier at Fleet Base West, Rockingham, WA, in August 2019. (This image was taken prior to COVID-19 social distancing requirements).

The Chief of Defence Force, General Angus Campbell, AO, DSC and the Secretary of the Department of Defence, Mr Greg Moriarty, today announced the adoption of a single set of Values and Behaviours for Defence.

The consistent set of Defence Values and Behaviours brings personnel from Navy, Army, Air Force and Australian Public Service, building upon the separate values and behaviours previously employed across the Defence enterprise.

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, highlighted the importance of a single set of Values in Navy’s ongoing evolution.

Navy’s Values and Signature Behaviours have served us well and guided our behaviour and decision making over the last decade.

“We will now build upon these and take another step towards closer integration with the Joint Force, through a combined set of Defence Values: Our Values,” Vice Admiral Noonan said.

Vice Admiral Noonan added that all arms of the ADF have been working towards updating the Values and Behaviours statements to bring each of the Services and Defence APS under a unified set of values and behaviours.

“A series of workforce consultations across the three services were used to develop the Values and Behaviour statements that we are adopting.

“We will continue those consultations as we embed our Values across Navy, in our own context, ensuring that we maintain our own, unique Navy identity.”

To ensure the new Values and Behaviours were closely linked to Plan Pelorus and contributed to the Command Themes of a Thinking, Fighting and an Australian Navy, the Directorate of Navy Culture consulted widely via Focus Groups to canvass input from 1100 members of all ranks.

From today, the updated Values and Behaviours will replace seven separate sets of values formerly in use by Navy, Army, Air Force, Special Operations Command, ADFA, Cadets, and the Defence APS, fostering a ‘Joint Force mindset’, by bringing all arms of Defence into cultural alignment, and contribute to greater integration of the Joint Force to assist us in achieving our Navy Mission and reaching our Plan Pelorus Headmark.

“Our future success is intrinsically linked to our culture and above all, the generation and maintenance of a fighting spirit.

“Our Values and Behaviours are the foundation of our Next Generation Navy, and underpin our culture, to give us the warfighting edge and enhance our ability to Fight and Win at Sea,” Vice Admiral Noonan said

Further information on the Values and Behaviours update 2020 is available internally on the Directorate of Navy Culture website ‘Values and Behaviours’, and a rollout of information will be provided to all ships and units shortly.