Atheist Foundation of Australia

Our Aims


  • To encourage and to provide a means of expression for informed free-thought on philosophical and social issues.
  • To safeguard the rights of all non-religious people.
  • To serve as a focal point for the community of non-religious people.
  • To offer verifiable information in place of superstition and to promote logic and reason.
  • To promote atheism.
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Census No Religion Campaign

The next Australian Census will be held on Tuesday 10th August 2021 and we need it to accurately reflect what Australians truly believe. So, when you’re filling in the census and you come to the question on religion, this is your chance to think carefully and decide whether you still see yourself as religious.

If you don’t see yourself as religious anymore, this census, mark ‘No Religion’.

Do Not Divide Us Campaign

Everyone should be able to go about their lives free from discrimination.

But the Morrison Government is writing laws that would see people discriminate against their fellow Australians in ways that will affect all of us.

Australia is a great country and we need your help to stop these invasive laws and to keep Australia free from discrimination.

Join the campaign today

Do Not Divide Us

Latest News

Atheism is not a religion, mark “no religion”

As you know, the Australian Government is conducting a census of the population on the 10th August 2021. The census is an important snapshot of the country and informs government and businesses in their decision making. Census data is used to plan and deliver services...

Census21 No Religion Campaign Rejects Fake News and Fearmongering

The Census No Religion campaign is aware of a particularly hateful and misleading message circulating on social media, by email and SMS text message. The message suggests that non-religious people should incorrectly record that they are religious or face the...

Census No Religion Campaign

On the 10th of August, a census is being conducted to collect important data on the circumstances and attitudes of the Australian people. Your friends and family will be asked if they hold religious beliefs, and it’s an important chance for them to think carefully...

Religious Discrimination Bill is resurrected

In a recent webinar with Family Voice Australia, Kevin Andrews (Liberal Party Back Bencher) indicated that "compromise had been reached" regarding the proposed Religious Discrimination Bill, and that it would be introduced into the Parliament "shortly". Mr. Andrews...

Religious Freedom Bill Submission

Religious Discrimination Bill – Second Exposure Draft Date: 19 January 2020 Submission type: Non-Profit – Atheist Foundation Of Australia and Sydney Atheists Email: [email protected] Confidentiality: For Public Release The Atheist Foundation of...

Submission to the Australian Bureau of Statistics – Review of 2021 Census Topics

The question on religion in the Australian Census contains an element which is problematical in obtaining accurate figures. The problem is that it asks “What is the person’s religion?” This is a leading question and can elicit a religion of baptism when the person may...

Submission to the Queensland Law Reform Commission Review of Termination of Pregnancy Laws

February 2018 In line with the recommendations of groups such as the Queensland Branch of the Australian Medical Association (AMAQ), Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG), the Queensland Nurses Union, the Health...

Non-believers now Australia's largest religious group: Time to listen to what we want

What is the role of the godless in Australia’s current social and political climate? What level of influence should the the non-religious have in Australia’s version of secularism? The Atheist Foundation of Australia (AFA) is calling for a national discussion on these...

Religious Freedom Review Panel Submission

Religious Freedom Review, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Parliament House, Canberra. Submission: Copies to all members of the Review Panel and PMC Secretariat: To whom it may concern, The Australian Law Reform Commission interim report 127 has previously...

Politicians cannot hide from fact any more regarding voluntary assisted dying

The Atheist Foundation of Australia (AFA) supports the two Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) Bills before state Parliaments in NSW and Victoria. This is an important demonstration of evidence-based medical opinion and indisputable patient need triumphing over...

Our Philosophy

The Atheist Foundation of Australia recognises the scientific method as the only rational means toward understanding reality. To question and critically examine all ideas, testing them in the light of experiment, leads to the discovery of facts.

As there seems to be no scientific evidence for supernatural phenomena, atheists reject belief in ‘God’, gods, and other supernatural beings. The universe, the world in which we live, and the evolution of life seem to be entirely natural occurrences.


No personality or mind can exist without the process of living matter to sustain it. We have only one life – here and now. All that remains after a person dies is the memory of their life and deeds in the minds of those who remain.

Atheists reject superstition and prejudice along with the irrational fears they cause. We recognise the complexity and interdependence of life on this planet. As rational and ethical beings we accept the challenge of making a creative and responsible contribution to life.

Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?

Douglas Adams

To assert that the earth revolves around the sun is as erroneous as to claim that Jesus was not born of a virgin.

Cardinal Robert Bellarmine

The Bible and Church have been the greatest stumbling block in the way of women’s emancipation.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

I cannot be angry at God, in whom I do not believe.

Simone de Beauvoir

I condemn false prophets, I condemn the effort to take away the power of rational decision, to drain people of their free will – and a hell of a lot of money in the bargain. Religions vary in their degree of idiocy, but I reject them all. For most people, religion is nothing more than a substitute for a malfunctioning brain.

Gene Roddenberry

Hast thou reason? I have.
Why then dost not thou use it?
For if this does its own work,
what else dost thou wish?

Marcus Aurelius

That the world is in a bad shape is undeniable, but there is not the faintest reason in history to suppose that Christianity offers a way out.

Bertrand Russell

The intelligent beings in these regions should therefore not be surprised if they observe that their locality in the universe satisfies the conditions that are necessary for their existence. It is a bit like a rich person living in a wealthy neighborhood not seeing any poverty.

Stephen Hawking

Existentialism isn’t so atheistic that it wears itself out showing that God doesn’t exist. Rather, it declares that even if God did exist, that would change nothing.

Jean-Paul Sartre

“For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can’t readily accept the God formula, the big answers don’t remain stone-written. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command nor faith a dictum. I am my own god. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.”

Charles Bukowski


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Gay teacher fired from his job at Catholic school for marrying another manA Catholic school teacher said he was fired from his job after the Brooklyn Diocese determined he had violated “Catholic doctrine and morality” by marrying a man. ... See MoreSee Less

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That should mean an automatic cancellation of all tax funds. They can fire whoever they like as long as they don't expect us to support them. Then watch them sink into obscurity.

I suspect that this is just the sort of thing that we can expect when Australia's Freedom of Religion Bill is passed (later this year). If religions want to live in their own little bubble, then they should do so without the financial support of what is meant to be secular state - including the paying of taxes. Frankly, I would be much more comfortable with my child being taught by a gay man living in a loving relationship than I would having them within anything less than 100 metres of a Catholic priest.

Many of the priests should be fired too then.

Time they got out of the dark wonder so many people cant connect with religion these days

If he had only abused children instead, then he would have kept his job and been moved on to another school. 🤬

As an employment topic this is a non issue. Was he surprised he was fired? It’s like joining a golf club then complaining you can’t play soccer on the links.

Because he breached the employment contract he signed. Simple as that.

*sigh* why would you work at a catholic school? Get a reference and go work at kings

Marrying a man, or marrying "another" man? The latter, though commony used seems to imply a second marriage to a man.

Catholic religion worse criminals in history

I don’t see the issue here. They’re a private club with rules. Why would you want to work for people who hate you anyway?

I want to start a campaign to stop scripture class in schools .

Because Christianity, just like all other Religions, is a Religion Of Love ❤

Why didn't they just move him to another parish like they do when their priests bang boys ??

So do people who have sex before marriage get fired?

I want to see a headline that tells me a Catholic cardinal and all the perverts he protected have been fired because of the paedophilia scandal. I want to see Catholic headmasters and headmistresses prosecuted for hate speech and job discrimination.

Such bullshit !

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It's week three of our #thatshumanism campaign with Stephen Fry!

Watch our brand new animations narrated by Stephen today, and learn more about the humanist approach to life.

With this campaign, our aim is to connect with the many millions of non-religious people who already hold humanist beliefs but don't yet know that there's a name for them - humanist! - as well as a community of like-minded people.
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2021 Census completed, thanks to @timminchin for the wee reminder of choosing #NoReligion #Census21.

I'm trying to figure out why Margaret Court's church received half a mil in JobKeeper whilst public unis did not receive a cent. I have two degrees and a grad dip and still, this perplexes me.

2021 and this is still happening. A legal right to fire staff and expel students for their sexual orientation. Both major parties promised to change this three years ago. And the #ReligiousDiscriminationBill will make it worse.
#auspol #LGBTIQ

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Steph Lentz was sacked this year for being gay. It was perfectly legal

LGBTQ people who work at religious schools can be sacked for who they are, and they fear the federal religious ...