Council of Australian Humanist Societies

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Council of Australian Humanist Societies Inc
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Lyndon Storey
AffiliationsInternational Humanist and Ethical Union

The Council of Australian Humanist Societies (CAHS) is the national umbrella organisation for Australian humanist societies in New South Wales, Victoria, and Australian Capital Territory[1]. It is affiliated with the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU)[2]. The official symbol of CAHS (and all member organisations) is the Happy Human.


CAHS publishes a quarterly journal, the Australian Humanist and awards the Australian Humanist of the Year (AHOY) annually and the Outstanding Humanist Achiever award when warranted.

Winners of the Australian Humanist of the Year award include Olive Zakharov (1984), Gareth Evans (1990), Robyn Williams (1993), William Hayden (1996), Philip Nitschke (1998), Peter Singer (2004), Tim Flannery (2005), Peter Cundall (2006), Lyn Alison (2010), Leslie Cannold (2011), Ronnie Williams (2012), Jane Caro (2013), Geoffrey Robertson QC (2014), Dr Carmen Lawrence (2015), John Bell AO OBE (2016), Dr Rodney Syme (2017) and Gillian Triggs (2018)[3].

CAHS holds an annual CAHS convention, usually hosted by one of the member organisations. It also hosts the Humanist Internet Discussion Group where humanists can share their thoughts on issues of interest.

IHEU's Minimum statement on Humanism[edit]

All member organisations of the IHEU are required by IHEU bylaw 5.1 to accept [1] the IHEU Minimum statement on Humanism:

Humanism is a democratic and ethical life stance, which affirms that human beings have the right and responsibility to give meaning and shape to their own lives. It stands for the building of a more humane society through an ethic based on human and other natural values in the spirit of reason and free inquiry through human capabilities. It is not theistic, and it does not accept supernatural views of reality.

Legal status[edit]

The Australian national census categorises humanism as "No Religion"[4]. The 30% of Australians who fall within this category include other non-theistic life stances such as atheism, agnosticism and rationalism.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ (2018). "THE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIAN HUMANIST SOCIETIES". Humanism Australia. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  2. ^ Ives, Rosslyn (2018). "Free thought activity in Australia: From margins to mainstream". Humanism Australia. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  3. ^ Humanist Society of New South Wales Inc. (2018). "Australian Humanists of the Year (AHOYs)". Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  4. ^ (2018). "What is Humanism?". International Humanism and Ethical Union. Retrieved 4 September 2018.

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