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Religion

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In Northern Territory, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+17,097) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

Northern Territory'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.

Northern Territory'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
Northern Territory - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic45,61219.922.345,77321.625.1-161
Anglican19,2348.413.324,14611.417.1-4,912
Uniting Church12,9765.73.714,7216.95.0-1,745
Lutheran6,0032.60.77,9043.71.2-1,901
Christian,nfd5,1892.32.65,1002.42.2+89
Baptist5,1012.21.55,6522.71.6-551
Buddhism4,5542.02.43,6981.72.5+856
Greek Orthodox4,0881.81.63,5981.71.8+490
Hinduism3,5621.61.91,6420.81.3+1,920
Australian Aboriginal Traditional Religions3,1081.40.02,7051.30.0+403
Pentecostal2,8011.21.12,3271.11.1+474
Other Protestant2,5651.10.52,3281.10.3+237
Presbyterian and Reformed2,5501.12.33,1671.52.8-617
Islam2,3351.02.61,5980.82.2+737
Sikhism6340.30.52650.10.3+369
Seventh Day Adventist6220.30.35070.20.3+115
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)6140.30.35600.30.3+54
Jehova's Witnesses5420.20.46700.30.4-128
Salvation Army3420.10.24820.20.3-140
Other Eastern Catholic2290.10.130.00.1+226
Churches of Christ1960.10.21790.10.2+17
Chinese and Japanese Religions1600.10.01250.10.0+35
Other Oriental Orthodox1410.10.1720.00.0+69
Paganism1400.10.11430.10.1-3
Other Christian1290.10.12140.10.1-85
Judaism1200.10.41260.10.5-6
Other Non-Christian Religions1140.00.13160.10.1-202
Baha'i1100.00.11080.10.1+2
Other Nature Religions670.00.0820.00.0-15
Spiritualism670.00.0810.00.1-14
Wiccan/Witchcraft570.00.0580.00.0-1
Russian Orthodox490.00.1420.00.1+7
Serbian Orthodox480.00.2310.00.2+17
Christadelphian230.00.0410.00.0-18
Coptic Orthodox170.00.1170.00.10
Brethren170.00.1150.00.1+2
Other Eastern Orthodox130.00.1530.00.3-40
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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
Northern Territory - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2011 to 2016
Christian total109,11047.752.1117,62255.561.1-8,512
Non Christian total15,0286.68.210,9475.27.2+4,081
Non-classifiable religious belief1,6160.70.61,9270.90.8-311
No religion67,73729.629.950,64023.922.3+17,097
Not stated35,33415.49.130,83014.58.6+4,504

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% Lutheran, Australia: 0.7% Christian,nfd, Australia: 2.6% Baptist, Australia: 1.5% Buddhism, Australia: 2.4% Greek Orthodox, Australia: 1.6% Hinduism, Australia: 1.9% Australian Aboriginal Traditional Religions, Australia: 0.0% Western (Roman) Catholic, Northern Territory: 19.9% Anglican, Northern Territory: 8.4% Uniting Church, Northern Territory: 5.7% Lutheran, Northern Territory: 2.6% Christian,nfd, Northern Territory: 2.3% Baptist, Northern Territory: 2.2% Buddhism, Northern Territory: 2.0% Greek Orthodox, Northern Territory: 1.8% Hinduism, Northern Territory: 1.6% Australian Aboriginal Traditional Religions, Northern Territory: 1.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016 Western (Roman) Catholic, Northern Territory: -161 Anglican, Northern Territory: -4,912 Uniting Church, Northern Territory: -1,745 Lutheran, Northern Territory: -1,901 Christian,nfd, Northern Territory: +89 Baptist, Northern Territory: -551 Buddhism, Northern Territory: +856 Greek Orthodox, Northern Territory: +490 Hinduism, Northern Territory: +1,920 Australian Aboriginal Traditional Religions, Northern Territory: +403
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the religious affiliation of the population of Northern Territory in 2016 compared to Australia shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a similar proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 54.2% of the population nominated a religion, and 29.6% said they had no religion, compared with 60.4% and 29.9% respectively for Australia.

The largest single religion in Northern Territory was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 19.9% of the population or 45,612 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Uniting Church (5.7% compared to 3.7%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Lutheran (2.6% compared to 0.7%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (8.4% compared to 13.3%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (19.9% compared to 22.3%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-4,912 persons)
  • Hinduism (+1,920 persons)
  • Lutheran (-1,901 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-1,745 persons)
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