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Religion

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In Australian Capital Territory, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+42,335) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

Australian Capital 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.

Australian Capital 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
Australian Capital Territory - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic87,76422.122.393,16426.125.1-5,400
Anglican42,73410.813.352,37014.717.1-9,636
Hinduism10,2112.61.96,0531.71.3+4,158
Buddhism9,9212.52.49,3162.62.5+605
Islam9,8832.52.67,4302.12.2+2,453
Uniting Church9,6102.43.711,9063.35.0-2,296
Christian,nfd8,9402.22.67,5592.12.2+1,381
Presbyterian and Reformed7,3641.92.38,4992.42.8-1,135
Greek Orthodox4,2411.11.64,2451.21.8-4
Baptist4,1041.01.54,3831.21.6-279
Pentecostal4,0181.01.13,6241.01.1+394
Other Protestant2,3090.60.51,0120.30.3+1,297
Lutheran2,2580.60.73,5031.01.2-1,245
Sikhism2,1420.50.51,0830.30.3+1,059
Serbian Orthodox8790.20.29430.30.2-64
Other Eastern Catholic8340.20.11450.00.1+689
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)7770.20.37060.20.3+71
Seventh Day Adventist6870.20.36440.20.3+43
Jehova's Witnesses6740.20.46900.20.4-16
Salvation Army6660.20.27780.20.3-112
Judaism6420.20.47140.20.5-72
Macedonian Orthodox4390.10.24470.10.2-8
Other Christian4200.10.14640.10.1-44
Russian Orthodox4000.10.14390.10.1-39
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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
Australian Capital Territory - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2011 to 2016
Christian total180,32845.452.1197,06055.261.1-16,732
Non Christian total34,3758.78.226,2907.47.2+8,085
Non-classifiable religious belief3,1140.80.63,6091.00.8-495
No religion145,58136.629.9103,24628.922.3+42,335
Not stated34,0028.69.126,9937.68.6+7,009

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% Hinduism, Australia: 1.9% Buddhism, Australia: 2.4% Islam, Australia: 2.6% Uniting Church, Australia: 3.7% Christian,nfd, Australia: 2.6% Presbyterian and Reformed, Australia: 2.3% Greek Orthodox, Australia: 1.6% Baptist, Australia: 1.5% Western (Roman) Catholic, Australian Capital Territory: 22.1% Anglican, Australian Capital Territory: 10.8% Hinduism, Australian Capital Territory: 2.6% Buddhism, Australian Capital Territory: 2.5% Islam, Australian Capital Territory: 2.5% Uniting Church, Australian Capital Territory: 2.4% Christian,nfd, Australian Capital Territory: 2.2% Presbyterian and Reformed, Australian Capital Territory: 1.9% Greek Orthodox, Australian Capital Territory: 1.1% Baptist, Australian Capital Territory: 1.0%
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, Australian Capital Territory: -5,400 Anglican, Australian Capital Territory: -9,636 Hinduism, Australian Capital Territory: +4,158 Buddhism, Australian Capital Territory: +605 Islam, Australian Capital Territory: +2,453 Uniting Church, Australian Capital Territory: -2,296 Christian,nfd, Australian Capital Territory: +1,381 Presbyterian and Reformed, Australian Capital Territory: -1,135 Greek Orthodox, Australian Capital Territory: -4 Baptist, Australian Capital Territory: -279
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 Australian Capital Territory 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, 54.0% of the population nominated a religion, and 36.6% said they had no religion, compared with 60.4% and 29.9% respectively for Australia.

The largest single religion in Australian Capital Territory was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 22.1% of the population or 87,764 people as adherents.

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

  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (10.8% compared to 13.3%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Uniting Church (2.4% compared to 3.7%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-9,636 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-5,400 persons)
  • Hinduism (+4,158 persons)
  • Islam (+2,453 persons)
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