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In Queensland, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+433,217) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

Queensland's religion statistics provide an indicator of cultural identity and ethnicity when observed in conjunction with other key variables. Religion data reveal the major concentrations of religions as well as revealing the proportion of people with no religious affiliation. There are a number of reasons for different religious compositions across areas including the country of birth and ethnic background of the population, the age of the population (belief in religion is generally stronger, the older the population) and changes in values and belief systems.

Queensland's religion statistics should be analysed in conjunction with other ethnicity statistics such as Country of Birth data and Language Spoken data to assist in identifying specific cultural and ethnic groups.

Please note: Due to changes in ABS rules around perturbation and additivity of data to protect the confidentiality of individuals in 2016, counts of individual religion groups and totals derived from them may differ slightly from those published by the ABS. For more information see notes on data confidentiality.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's religion?'

Total population

Religion - Ranked by size
Queensland - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic1,020,16621.722.31,032,41423.825.1-12,248
Uniting Church238,3135.13.7276,3226.45.0-38,009
Presbyterian and Reformed138,6142.92.3152,2893.52.8-13,675
Jehova's Witnesses24,9710.50.425,4390.60.4-468
Other Protestant23,9780.50.512,5070.30.3+11,471
Greek Orthodox23,2150.51.623,7640.51.8-549
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)20,5380.40.319,2650.40.3+1,273
Seventh Day Adventist17,4560.40.317,3320.40.3+124
Salvation Army12,4290.30.214,4280.30.3-1,999
Churches of Christ8,3780.20.29,8130.20.2-1,435
Other Christian7,9540.20.18,8070.20.1-853
Russian Orthodox3,6190.10.13,4880.10.1+131
Serbian Orthodox3,3820.10.23,3280.10.2+54
Other Non-Christian Religions3,0840.10.12,8960.10.1+188
Other Eastern Catholic1,9550.00.12810.00.1+1,674
Other Nature Religions1,8810.00.02,3530.10.0-472
Chinese and Japanese Religions1,7670.00.01,5560.00.0+211
Other Oriental Orthodox1,5980.00.16850.00.0+913
Australian Aboriginal Traditional Religions1,2490.00.07630.00.0+486
Coptic Orthodox1,2270.00.19560.00.1+271
Other Eastern Orthodox1,1550.00.13,3180.10.3-2,163
Macedonian Orthodox9450.00.29090.00.2+36
Maronite Catholic3990.00.22760.00.1+123
Armenian Apostolic1110.00.01170.00.0-6
Assyrian Apostolic990.00.1810.00.0+18
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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Excludes religions with fewer than 20 adherents, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Religion - Summary
Queensland - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2011 to 2016
Christian total2,635,52556.052.12,785,00564.361.1-149,480
Non Christian total201,9174.38.2161,0723.77.2+40,845
Non-classifiable religious belief31,4280.70.635,2510.80.8-3,823
No religion1,389,03229.529.9955,81522.122.3+433,217
Not stated445,3059.59.1395,6049.18.6+49,701

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Religion, 2016
Religion, 2016 Western (Roman) Catholic, Australia: 22.3% Anglican, Australia: 13.3% Uniting Church, Australia: 3.7% Christian,nfd, Australia: 2.6% Presbyterian and Reformed, Australia: 2.3% Baptist, Australia: 1.5% Pentecostal, Australia: 1.1% Buddhism, Australia: 2.4% Lutheran, Australia: 0.7% Hinduism, Australia: 1.9% Western (Roman) Catholic, Queensland: 21.7% Anglican, Queensland: 15.3% Uniting Church, Queensland: 5.1% Christian,nfd, Queensland: 3.0% Presbyterian and Reformed, Queensland: 2.9% Baptist, Queensland: 1.9% Pentecostal, Queensland: 1.5% Buddhism, Queensland: 1.5% Lutheran, Queensland: 1.2% Hinduism, Queensland: 1.0%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016 Western (Roman) Catholic, Queensland: -12,248 Anglican, Queensland: -98,147 Uniting Church, Queensland: -38,009 Christian,nfd, Queensland: +20,735 Presbyterian and Reformed, Queensland: -13,675 Baptist, Queensland: +436 Pentecostal, Queensland: +7,198 Buddhism, Queensland: +4,857 Lutheran, Queensland: -22,756 Hinduism, Queensland: +17,352
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the religious affiliation of the population of Queensland in 2016 compared to Australia shows that there was a similar proportion of people who professed a religion as well as a similar proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 60.3% of the population nominated a religion, and 29.5% said they had no religion, compared with 60.4% and 29.9% respectively for Australia.

The largest single religion in Queensland was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 21.7% of the population or 1,020,166 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of Queensland and Australia were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (15.3% compared to 13.3%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Uniting Church (5.1% compared to 3.7%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (1.0% compared to 2.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (0.5% compared to 1.6%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in Queensland between 2011 and 2016 were for those who nominated:

  • Anglican (-98,147 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-38,009 persons)
  • Lutheran (-22,756 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+20,735 persons)