Our Culture

The Royal Australian Navy recognises that an organisation’s culture is fundamental to its ability to achieve its mission, which is shaped by its people. 

We have an enduring cultural improvement program which is founded on Our Values and supported by Our Behaviours.

Our program, aligned with wider Defence cultural reform, guides our people to be a more capable and agile Navy; a Navy held in the highest regard by the Australian people; and a Navy that we will be proud to hand over to our successors.

The outcome is a modern sailor who embraces change, is inclusive and strives to make Navy better.

For further information on Navy culture email: navyngn@defence.gov.au


Our Values

The Navy’s ‘Our 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.



The selflessness of character to place the security and interests of our nation and its people ahead of my own.




The strength of character to say and do the right thing, always, especially in the face of adversity.




The humanity of character to value others and treat them with dignity.




The consistency of character to align my thoughts, words and actions to do what is right.




The willingness of character to strive each day to be the best I can be, both professionally and personally.



Our Behaviours

Our Behaviours were designed and developed to enable our personnel to incorporate Our Values into their everyday lives.

To live Our Values, individuals will display Our Behaviours at all times to the best of their ability – It's up to all of us to hold each other to account on our behaviours. 

Our Values and Our Behaviours should be used to inform each and every decision we make - if it doesn't fit Our Behaviours - don't do it, or change course so that it does.


  • Collaborate and be team focused
  • Be inclusive and value others


  • Be adaptable, innovative and agile
  • Reflect, learn and improve


  • Act with purpose for Defence and the nation
  • Be accountable and trustworthy