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.

I count religion but a childish toy,
And hold there is no sin but ignorance.

Christopher Marlowe

Suppose we’ve chosen the wrong god. Every time we go to church we’re just making him madder and madder.

Homer Simpson

Scientific research confirms that humans are a link in the evolutionary life chain. There is no credible evidence for the existence of an immortal supernatural element. Our only life is here and now. Make it worthy of a moral person.

Keith S. Cornish

My mother was Southern Irish, and I was brought up as a devout Catholic. In fact, at one point I thought I’d become a priest, but I’d have made an appalling priest anyway… At 16, I asked all these monks some serious questions and they didn’t come up with the answers, and I just decided I didn’t believe in God.

Joe Simpson

To YOU I’m an atheist; to God, I’m the loyal opposition.

Fundamentalism isn’t about religion. It’s about power.

Salman Rushdie

If you want to get together in any exclusive situation and have people love you, fine – but to hang all this desperate sociology on the idea of The Cloud-Guy who has The Big Book, who knows if you’ve been bad or good – and CARES about any of it – to hang it all on that, folks, is the chimpanzee part of the brain working.

Frank Zappa

Religion is not merely the opium of the masses, it’s the cyanide.

Tom Robbins

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

Conventional people are roused to fury by departure from convention, largely because they regard such departure as a criticism of themselves.

Bertrand Russell


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Whether you lean to the left, right or centre, please WRITE to your local FEDERAL politician and object to the proposed Religious Discrimination Bill IMMEDIATELY ... See MoreSee Less

Whether you lean to the  left, right or centre, please WRITE to your local FEDERAL politician and object to the proposed Religious Discrimination Bill IMMEDIATELY

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We don't let our politicians know often and loudly enough!

there are already discrimination laws shielding religious beliefs.

Its a real issue for the future. That this backward belief stuff could prevail again and hold up genuine progress. How do we continue to let this belief stuff divide us.

This should not be a sword or a shield. It just shouldn't be. If you have to wonder what this legislation is trying to fix, then you wonder what the real agenda is.

I'm thinking of founding m own church, the FU Church, and I'm working on my statement of belief. At the moment I have, "I believe you can just..." I think two more words'll do it.

Sadly my Federal Member is Peter Dutton 😔 He doesn't care what his constituents want

Done. I dare say my email won’t be read though.

I would but I'm in Pearce so it wouldn't even get read. 😡 Even the Labor Candidate for Pearce makes sure her gold Cross on a chain is always sitting perfectly in every photo op. While CP has to go, the alternative is still a Christian. 😢 They're everywhere.

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With the Religious Discrimination Bill back on the table, it might be time to revisit what it might mean for all Australians. Legislating the ability to discriminate against others on religious grounds opens the door for people to discrimate against you. Impartial, objective, secular laws protect everyone, including the religious. Do not divide us. #dontdivideus
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This Bill is appalling and should not be tolerated in any form.

What about the other way around?, a Christian driving the car, with an Atheist wanting a lift?. l don't think the bill covers that.

If the driver's objection is to the pork, and not the person carrying it, maybe there is no discrimination occurring?

How many wars have been caused over religion?

As gay students should not be expelled from their schools and teachers should not be sacked from their jobs, taxpayer funded, religious backed schools, hospitals, aged care facilities, charities and other organizations should not be allowed to sack or deny people employment.

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The proposed Religious Discrimination Bill could allow anyone to be discriminated against. #dontdivideus

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.