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In Regional VIC, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+144,579) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

Regional VIC'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.

Regional VIC'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.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's religion?'

Total population

Religion - Ranked by size
Regional VIC - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic325,35722.722.3338,15025.125.1-12,793
Anglican190,26113.313.3224,62216.717.1-34,361
Uniting Church93,2996.53.7115,4928.65.0-22,193
Presbyterian and Reformed46,8693.32.356,6054.22.8-9,736
Christian,nfd29,9402.12.625,7591.92.2+4,181
Baptist18,6231.31.519,1461.41.6-523
Lutheran12,8590.90.717,7441.31.2-4,885
Buddhism11,2320.82.49,7500.72.5+1,482
Pentecostal10,6700.71.110,1400.81.1+530
Islam10,1250.72.67,8720.62.2+2,253
Greek Orthodox6,6330.51.66,5410.51.8+92
Hinduism5,9050.41.93,2660.21.3+2,639
Jehova's Witnesses4,3570.30.44,5520.30.4-195
Salvation Army4,2640.30.25,2580.40.3-994
Churches of Christ3,9880.30.24,8820.40.2-894
Other Protestant3,8260.30.52,2150.20.3+1,611
Sikhism3,1430.20.51,5130.10.3+1,630
Seventh Day Adventist2,5030.20.32,6410.20.3-138
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)1,9330.10.32,1490.20.3-216
Brethren1,8780.10.12,1660.20.1-288
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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
Regional VIC - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2011 to 2016
Christian total762,02953.152.1843,91262.761.1-81,883
Non Christian total35,1542.58.227,4222.07.2+7,732
Non-classifiable religious belief8,8620.60.610,9110.80.8-2,049
No religion486,89034.029.9342,31125.422.3+144,579
Not stated140,8799.89.1121,1739.08.6+19,706

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% Presbyterian and Reformed, Australia: 2.3% Christian,nfd, Australia: 2.6% Baptist, Australia: 1.5% Lutheran, Australia: 0.7% Buddhism, Australia: 2.4% Pentecostal, Australia: 1.1% Islam, Australia: 2.6% Western (Roman) Catholic, Regional VIC: 22.7% Anglican, Regional VIC: 13.3% Uniting Church, Regional VIC: 6.5% Presbyterian and Reformed, Regional VIC: 3.3% Christian,nfd, Regional VIC: 2.1% Baptist, Regional VIC: 1.3% Lutheran, Regional VIC: 0.9% Buddhism, Regional VIC: 0.8% Pentecostal, Regional VIC: 0.7% Islam, Regional VIC: 0.7%
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, Regional VIC: -12,793 Anglican, Regional VIC: -34,361 Uniting Church, Regional VIC: -22,193 Presbyterian and Reformed, Regional VIC: -9,736 Christian,nfd, Regional VIC: +4,181 Baptist, Regional VIC: -523 Lutheran, Regional VIC: -4,885 Buddhism, Regional VIC: +1,482 Pentecostal, Regional VIC: +530 Islam, Regional VIC: +2,253
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 Regional VIC 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, 55.6% of the population nominated a religion, and 34.0% said they had no religion, compared with 60.4% and 29.9% respectively for Australia.

The largest single religion in Regional VIC was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 22.7% of the population or 325,357 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Uniting Church (6.5% compared to 3.7%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (0.7% compared to 2.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (0.8% compared to 2.4%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Hinduism (0.4% compared to 1.9%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-34,361 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-22,193 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-12,793 persons)
  • Presbyterian and Reformed (-9,736 persons)
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