In August, Australia will conduct a census to collect vital data about the circumstances and attitudes of the Australian people, including beliefs about religion. In the last census only 29.6% of Australians marked ‘No Religion’.
But we know through religious participation and respected social surveys, this figure should be much higher. And, despite our close similarities, almost half of New Zealanders marked ‘No Religion’.
This discrepancy can be explained by the tendency for many Australians to simply mark that they belong to a religion when in fact they no longer really practise, or hold those religious beliefs.
Census data is used by government and other organisations to make important decisions.
Misrepresentation of religious belief in Australia means that religious organisations receive an unfairly high level of public funding. They are given a stronger voice and more influence in public affairs and the media than they actually deserve.
That’s why Humanists Victoria is partnering with other free-thinking organisations to launch the Census 2021 – Not religious? Mark ‘No Religion’ campaign. And we’re proud to have Adam Spencer join us to encourage Australians to complete the census in a way which truly reflects their beliefs.
If you think it’s important that the religious beliefs of Australian’s are accurately represented, we invite you to join our campaign.
Once you’ve signed up, we’ll be in touch about how you can get involved and take action.
Together, let’s get Census 2021 right.
Thank you for your support.
The Census 2021 – No Religion campaign team