In August, Australia will conduct a census to collect vital data about the circumstances and attitudes of the Australian people, including beliefs about religion.
Despite our close cultural similarities, just 30% of Australians marked ‘No Religion’ compared with 48% of New Zealanders.
This difference can be partly explained by the leading nature of the Census question and the likelihood that some Australians mark a religion based on their heritage or upbringing, when in fact they no longer really practise or hold those beliefs.
Census data is used by government and other organisations to make important decisions, and 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 we’re helping 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 Australians are accurately represented, we invite you to join our campaign.
Once you’ve signed up, you'll receive further emails about how you can get involved and take action.
Together, let’s get Census 2021 right.
Thank you for your support.
National Secular Lobby,
on behalf of the Census 2021 – No Religion campaign team.