Vision, mission, & values

Curtin University, Perth Campus

Curtin University is Western Australia’s largest university. We also have campuses in Perth, Kalgoorlie, Dubai, Malaysia, Mauritius and Singapore and a network of more than 130 international partners. Curtin applies the philosophy of former Australian Prime Minister John Curtin (1941 – 1945), who said:

“The great university … should look ever forward; for it the past should be but a preparation for the greater days to be.”

John Curtin

Our mission

Transform lives and communities through education and research.


Our five core values are:

  • Integrity – to act ethically, honestly and with fairness
  • Respect – to listen, value and acknowledge
  • Courage – to lead, take responsibility and question
  • Excellence – to strive for excellence and distinction
  • Impact – to empower, enable and inspire.

Our core values have been defined to help improve our lived experience1 at Curtin, and as a result:

  • Employers will actively seek our students because as future leaders they model values-based behaviours.
  • People will seek us out and choose to stay with Curtin because we are an employer of choice.
  • Industry partners and stakeholders will be proud to engage with a values-based organisation.

By building on a foundation of integrity and respect, and through courage, we will achieve excellence and have an impact on the communities we serve.

Our culture

Our values help to create a culture where our students and staff feel supported, valued, respected and inspired to be successful for themselves, for each other and for Curtin. This is essential if we are to fulfil our strategic ambitions and if the University community is to provide an environment that enables students and staff to succeed.

In realising our vision, the People and Culture theme of the Strategic Plan will ensure that we:

  • Create a global, collaborative and connected workforce.
  • Empower staff at all levels to lead, innovate and strive for excellence.
  • Strengthen values-based leadership.
  • Improve gender and Indigenous equity.

Our requirements

Ethical behaviour at Curtin is underpinned by our values of integrity and respect. As a member of the Curtin community, you are required to comply with these values as well as the relevant codes, legislation, statutes, and policies and procedures. These include:

Code of Conduct
Academic Integrity
Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
Student Charter
Curtin policies and procedures
Curtin Act, Statutes, Rules and By-Laws
Key external legislation

1 Personal knowledge about the world gained through direct, first-hand involvement in everyday events rather than through representations constructed by other people.

(Reference: Oxford Reference, Oxford Dictionary of Media and Communication)