Australian Free Software Association

A community of Australians passionate about free software.

What is free software?
Free software is software that respects your freedom. Specifically you may:

The opposite of free software is proprietary or non-free software.

For more information, read What is free software, by the Free Software Foundation.


The purpose of the Australian Free Software Association is to:

  1. Connect people interested in free software issues
  2. Share knowledge and experience
  3. Support and encourage free software advocacy
  4. Work together on solving issues local to Australia

We are in no way in competition with existing GNU/Linux user groups or national organisations such as Linux Australia. We aim to fill a niche for people with specific interests in free software issues.


We share the values of the Free Software Foundation on the GNU Project. We're part of LibrePlanet, a network of free software groups all around the world.


25 June 2011

Added a wiki to help us collaborate on trade agreements like ACTA and the TPP, among other things.

18 September 2010

Thousands turned out to celebrate Software Freedom Day at local events all around the Australia. Events featured talks, workshops and a chance to meet groups working on and working with free software.

15 September 2010

Richard Stallman began a speaking tour taking him to every capital city in Australia.

12 August 2010

1000 Australians have signed a letter against software patents. This letter has been sent to Senator Kim Carr.

26 July 2010

240 members of the Australian software industry have signed a letter to Senator Kim Carr calling for software patents to be abolished.

25 July 2010

The Australian Free Software Association was started. We hope this organisation will provide an outlet for Australians with specific interests in free software and related issues.

Mailing list

We run a low traffic mailing list. Please join up.

Local discussion groups

Local discussion groups are a great way to meet others who share your interest in free software. Please let us know if you'd like to list a free software discussion group in your area.

Free Software Melbourne

Each month (third Thursday), we choose one or more free software issues for discussion. It is a relaxed "sit around and chat" type event. No prior knowledge is expected. Hope to see you there!

More about Free Software Melbourne

For more information

For more information, please contact Ben Sturmfels <>.

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