The current census data does not accurately reflect our country’s religious views.
This is due to a large number of Australians marking that they belong to a religion in the census when in fact they no longer really practise or hold those beliefs.
Census data is used by government and many other organisations to inform a wide range of important decisions like the amount of public funding religious organisations receive, to the voice and influence religion is given in public affairs and media.
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’.
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Adam Spencer on the census
As author, comedian and maths geek Adam Spencer says, the census is your opportunity to be counted. Let’s be honest with ourselves and with the country.
Consider your true position when you fill out question 23 in this year’s census.
Five good reasons to mark ’No Religion’
- Let’s get it right – The Australian Census is only held every five years and it collects important data on our nation. It’s critical that we get it right.
- Fairness in public funding – when religious organisations are attributed more support than they actually have, they receive an unfair amount of public funding.
- Fairness in voice and influence – incorrect data also gives religious organisations a stronger voice and more influence than they actually deserve.
- Let’s be honest – Australians deserve honest answers about the views we hold towards religion.
- Do it for you – Marking ‘No Religion’ in this year’s census can be a moment of personal clarity and liberation for you.