On this page, you will find a wealth of resources on freethought, humanism and religion, whether you are a researcher, teacher or student or are just interested in finding out more about the world of humanism.

Humanism – What’s It All About?

Humanism is a way of life that values human flourishing, freedom and the pursuit of knowledge. Humanists accept that we are responsible for our own futures and that this life is the only life we have. It is up to all of us to make the most of it and to help others do the same. Humanists inspire us to use our power of reason and our natural feeling of compassion to help create a better world in which each of us can reach our full potential.

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Council renounces prayer

Council renounces prayer

It was in May 2021 when Councillor Victor Franco, who is a Humanist, lodged an objection to the long-standing practice in the City of Boroondara of commencing official Council meetings with a prayer invoking the glory of almighty God. Secular-minded residents banded...

A humanist ethics framework for promoting human rights

A humanist ethics framework for promoting human rights

By James Wilson On 18 Aug 2023 · in Human Rights and Welfare, Humanist Strategy Add Comment The current Federal Parliamentary Inquiry into the reintroduction of a human rights framework has given Humanists an opportunity to ask some key questions about what human...

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Ex-Religious Support

Faith to Faithless (UK)

Recovering From Religion (US)

Melbourne, Australia, Meetup Group

Ex-Religious Discussion Group on Facebook

JW Community Podcast
Series of podcasts that provide support and information to people when they leave the Jehovah’s Witnesses cult

Say Sorry
‘Say Sorry’ exposes and holds accountable the Watchtower Society and those leaders within the Jehovah’s Witnesses organization that disregard or violate the laws of the land

ESN information pamphlet (download PDF)

ESN ‘Secular Communities’ pamphlet (download PDF)

ESN ‘Resources’ pamphlet (download PDF)

Why We Left Religion: Testimonies by Ex-believers (download PDF)

I’m an Ex-Mormon (23 min video)

Freedom of Belief
Law and Religious Freedom
A panel of experts debate whether Australia’s laws are strong enough to ensure that Australians aren’t subjected to unfair treatment based on what other people believe

Religious Freedom Review
Report of Expert Panel on religious freedom in Australia chaired by Hon Philip Ruddock and completed on 18 May 2018 (download PDF)

Government response to Religious Freedom Review
Australian Government’s response to Expert Panel review of religious freedom in Australia (download PDF)

Freedom of Thought Report
A unique worldwide survey of discrimination and persecution against humanists, atheists and the non-religious published by Humanist International

Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Text of the United Nations ‘Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ adopted by the General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 and that sets out the fundamental human rights to be universally protected

Humanist Organisations – Overseas

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Humanist/Freethought Journals
Humanist/Freethought Philosophy
Learning Resources
Humanist education resources
Humanists UK education resources for teachers, students and parents

Introducing Humanism: Non-religious Approaches to Life
Free online course developed by Humanists UK for people wanting to learn more about humanist beliefs and values, and discover how humanists attempt to answer life’s big questions (delivered on FutureLearn learning portal)

Humanist Lives
Free online course developed by Humanists UK for people interested in how different people choose to live out their lives and wanting to develop an understanding of what it means to be a humanist in the 21st century (delivered on FutureLearn learning portal)

Humanist Studies Program
Graduate-level program on Humanism developed by American Humanist Association

Practical Ethics for Primary Schools
Course of Humanist Ethics developed by Humanist Society of Victoria (2018)

The Global Ethics Network
Education materials and other resources on ethics

Humanism and the Good Life
Humanists Victoria’s V-P address to St Leonard’s College students (download PDF)

Living Well by Richard Docwra (download PDF)

Being Good by Richard Norman (download PDF)

What Is Humanism?
Range of resources on the philosophy of Humanism

History – Humanist Society of Victoria
Chronology of the Humanist Society of Victoria from 1961 to 2011 (50th-Anniversary edition) (download PDF)

The Story of Civil Celebrants
ABC Radio National – The Spirit of Things:  Presenter, Dr Rachael Kohn, interviews Dally Messenger, the first Civil Celebrant appointed by the Attorney General, Lionel Murphy

A Case for Rainbow Atheism by Geoff Allshorn
Humanist author acknowledges the historical influence of Humanism at the forefront of gay rights activism in Australia

Sodom Today and Gomorrah the World: Gay Liberation and Atheist Liberation by Geoff Allshorn
This article covers the historic contribution of atheists and humanists, including Humanists Victoria, to the fight for LGBTQIA+ rights and acceptance, and asks why the current LGBTQIA+ movement sometimes seems to deny even the existence of ‘Rainbow Atheists’.


Radio interview with Leslie Allan (Humanists Victoria Vice President) and Paul Tonson on 3WBC 94.1 FM, 5 September 2019 on the intersection between religious belief and a humanist outlook

Radio interview with Stephen Stuart (HSV President) on SYN 90.7, 24 September 2013 on teaching ethics in schools

Radio interview with Leslie Allan (Humanists Victoria Vice President) and Paul Tonson on 3WBC 94.1 FM, 5 September 2019 on the intersection between religious belief and a humanist outlook