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In Tasmania, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+52,300) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

Tasmania'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.

Tasmania'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
Tasmania - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic79,41715.622.388,81017.925.1-9,393
Uniting Church19,3413.83.724,0034.85.0-4,662
Presbyterian and Reformed10,1542.02.312,0962.42.8-1,942
Other Protestant2,2100.40.57870.20.3+1,423
Jehova's Witnesses2,0470.40.42,1620.40.4-115
Greek Orthodox1,8780.41.61,8560.41.8+22
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)1,5700.30.31,6250.30.3-55
Salvation Army1,5280.30.21,9360.40.3-408
Seventh Day Adventist1,0010.20.31,1140.20.3-113
Churches of Christ9070.20.21,2670.30.2-360
Other Christian5080.10.16150.10.1-107
Other Non-Christian Religions4060.10.13460.10.1+60
Other Nature Religions2240.00.02870.10.0-63
Russian Orthodox1620.00.11930.00.1-31
Other Oriental Orthodox1590.00.12120.00.0-53
Chinese and Japanese Religions1340.00.01180.00.0+16
Serbian Orthodox1150.00.21210.00.2-6
Australian Aboriginal Traditional Religions780.00.0340.00.0+44
Other Eastern Orthodox390.00.11280.00.3-89
Coptic Orthodox300.00.1240.00.1+6
Maronite Catholic240.00.2100.00.1+14
Other Eastern Catholic170.00.1300.00.1-13
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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
Tasmania - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2011 to 2016
Christian total253,53749.752.1295,35859.661.1-41,821
Non Christian total11,7692.38.29,4711.97.2+2,298
Non-classifiable religious belief3,3590.70.64,0500.80.8-691
No religion194,16538.129.9141,86528.622.3+52,300
Not stated47,1379.29.144,6109.08.6+2,527

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 Anglican, Australia: 13.3% Western (Roman) Catholic, Australia: 22.3% 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% Hinduism, Australia: 1.9% Islam, Australia: 2.6% Anglican, Tasmania: 20.4% Western (Roman) Catholic, Tasmania: 15.6% Uniting Church, Tasmania: 3.8% Christian,nfd, Tasmania: 2.5% Presbyterian and Reformed, Tasmania: 2.0% Baptist, Tasmania: 1.5% Pentecostal, Tasmania: 1.0% Buddhism, Tasmania: 0.8% Hinduism, Tasmania: 0.5% Islam, Tasmania: 0.5%
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 Anglican, Tasmania: -24,864 Western (Roman) Catholic, Tasmania: -9,393 Uniting Church, Tasmania: -4,662 Christian,nfd, Tasmania: +750 Presbyterian and Reformed, Tasmania: -1,942 Baptist, Tasmania: -1,028 Pentecostal, Tasmania: +542 Buddhism, Tasmania: +438 Hinduism, Tasmania: +946 Islam, Tasmania: +794
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 Tasmania in 2016 compared to Australia shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 52.0% of the population nominated a religion, and 38.1% said they had no religion, compared with 60.4% and 29.9% respectively for Australia.

The largest single religion in Tasmania was Anglican, with 20.4% of the population or 103,839 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (20.4% compared to 13.3%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (15.6% compared to 22.3%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (0.5% compared to 2.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (0.8% compared to 2.4%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-24,864 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-9,393 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-4,662 persons)
  • Presbyterian and Reformed (-1,942 persons)