Navy Values and Signature Behaviours


Navy Values

The Navy Values define what is important to Navy as a whole and to its people individually.

Our Values guide our behaviour, they bind us together, are a source of strength, and a source of moral courage to take action.

Our Navy Values are:


Honour is the fundamental value on which the Navy's and each person's reputation depends. To demonstrate honour demands honesty, courage, integrity and loyalty and to consistently behave in a way that is becoming and worthwhile.











Honesty is always being truthful, knowing and doing what is right for the Navy and ourselves.











Courage is the strength of character to do what is right in the face of personal adversity, danger or threat.











Integrity is the display of truth, honesty and fairness that gains respect and trust from others.











Loyalty is being committed to each other and to our duty of service to Australia.











Signature Behaviours

Alignment with the Navy Values is demonstrated by the ten Signature Behaviours:



Respect the contribution of every individual

  • Recognise the value of each person’s contribution to Navy
  • Be respectful of role, experience and background
  • Value diversity

Promote the wellbeing and development of Navy people

  • Develop Navy people to their full potential
  • Know and care for people
  • Keep people at the core of all decisions
  • Build the team – provide guidance and challenge their abilities

Communicate well and regularly

  • Keep your team informed
  • Be clear, consistent, timely and accurate
  • Engage thoughtfully and check for understanding
  • Express and receive feedback graciously


Challenge and innovate

  • Challenge, question and be open to change
  • Generate new ideas
  • Support creative solutions

Be cost conscious

  • Understand the cost implications of the decisions you make
  • Find solutions that are enduring, efficient and add value
  • Use it like you own it

Fix problems, take action

  • Seek and accept responsibility
  • Take ownership of what you say you will do
  • Turn your ideas into actions
  • Be a part of an effective solution

Drive decision making down

  • Make sound, timely decisions based on principles not just rules
  • Drive decisions to the appropriate level
  • Trust and support people to make good decisions


Strengthen relationships across and beyond Navy

  • Work together to identify and achieve common purposes and objectives
  • Build inclusive partnerships
  • Deliver on Navy’s promises, and do it well

Be the best I can, and

  • Strive for professional excellence
  • Know yourself and seek self-improvement
  • Maintain your personal wellbeing

Make Navy proud, make Australia proud

  • Lead by example
  • Value Navy’s identity and reputation
  • Live Navy’s values