Humanists Victoria formed initially as the Humanist Society of Victoria (HSV) in 1961 and incorporated in 1981. It is a non-profit organization whose aims are:

  • to help develop a civil society in which each person is able to reach his or her potential;
  • to advocate ethical decision-making and responsibility for one’s actions, based on respect for individual autonomy, peaceful coexistence between peoples of differing ways of life, and maintenance of a sustainable environment;
  • to support human rights, civil liberties, secular education and a scientific approach to human problems.

We do so through promoting an ethical, reasoned and compassionate approach to life. Humanists Victoria is actively engaged in the community through a variety of projects aimed at alleviating suffering and maximizing personal autonomy and responsibility.

Humanists Victoria is part of a national and international Humanist movement that strives for a world in which all individuals can attain their full potential.

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National and International Links

Humanists Victoria is part of a nationwide and international movement of humanistic-minded groups. Nationally, Humanists Victoria is an affiliate of Humanists Australia.

Humanists Australia is a member of the global organization, Humanists International. This non-governmental organisation is accredited with the United Nations, advocating for the interests of freethinkers, secularists and humanists at the global level.

Statement of Purposes

Humanist Society of Victoria Inc. is registered under the Associations Incorporation Act 1981 as Association A0020272M.

The Statement of Purposes of the Society are:

  1. To help create a civil society in which people can lead an ethical and fulfilling life, relying co-operatively on reason, ingenuity, creativity and compassion, free from supernatural beliefs. This philosophical approach to life respects the dignity of every individual and is called Humanism.
  2. To work on behalf of non-religious people in Victoria who seek to lead an ethical life.
  3. To support the human rights and civil liberties of individuals and groups, especially those experiencing discrimination.
  4. To promote secular education as a means of helping peoples of different beliefs to live harmoniously together.

Revised 22 November 2018