P18: Australian citizenship: Our common bond.

Freedom of religion and secular government.

Australia has a Judeo-Christian heritage, and many Australians describe themselves as Christians.  Australia has public holidays on Christian days such as Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Christmas Day. However, the government in Australia is secular.  This means that there is no official national religion.  People in Australia are free to follow any religion they choose, as long as its practices do not break Australian laws.

In addition to Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism and many other religions are practised freely in Australia.  Australians are also free to not follow a religion. The government treats all citizens equally, whatever their religion or beliefs. This mix of religions contributes to making Australia a vibrant multicultural society.

Most religions have rules, but these are not laws in Australia.  For example, the process of divorce, including custody of children and property settlement, must follow laws passed by the Australian Parliament.

All Australians have the right to be protected by these laws. Some religious or cultural practices, such as being married to more than one person at the same time, are against Australian law.”


Seems like the whole “treat all citizens equally” thing is more of a guideline than a rule at least in primary school.  ACCESS Ministry feels that if you don’t want your child to be instructed by them that you should opt out and get treated like something less than a citizen.