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In Regional VIC, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+65,956) compared to non Christians and Christians in 2011.

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)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic338,15025.125.1322,07325.025.6+16,077
Anglican224,62216.717.1228,78117.818.7-4,159
Uniting Church115,4928.65.0127,1509.95.7-11,658
Presbyterian and Reformed56,6054.22.857,7944.53.0-1,189
Christian,nfd25,7591.92.217,4471.41.6+8,312
Baptist19,1461.41.617,4251.41.6+1,721
Lutheran17,7441.31.217,9341.41.3-190
Pentecostal10,1400.81.111,1720.91.1-1,032
Buddhism9,7500.72.56,3330.52.1+3,417
Islam7,8720.62.26,1030.51.7+1,769
Greek Orthodox6,5410.51.86,5520.51.9-11
Salvation Army5,2580.40.35,5020.40.3-244
Churches of Christ4,8820.40.25,3820.40.3-500
Jehova's Witnesses4,5520.30.44,2120.30.4+340
Hinduism3,2660.21.31,5820.10.7+1,684
Seventh Day Adventist2,6410.20.32,1820.20.3+459
Other Protestant2,2150.20.32,1280.20.3+87
Brethren2,1660.20.12,2840.20.1-118
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)2,1490.20.32,1020.20.3+47
Sikhism1,5130.10.34690.00.1+1,044
Other Eastern Orthodox1,3490.10.31,3300.10.3+19
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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. 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)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2006 to 2011
Christian total843,91262.761.1835,56564.963.9+8,347
Non Christian total27,4222.07.218,6711.55.6+8,751
Non-classifiable religious belief10,9110.80.88,9130.70.7+1,998
No religion342,31125.422.3276,35521.518.7+65,956
Not stated121,1739.08.6147,01311.411.2-25,840

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Religion, 2011
Religion, 2011 Western (Roman) Catholic, Australia: 25.1% Anglican, Australia: 17.1% Uniting Church, Australia: 5.0% Presbyterian and Reformed, Australia: 2.8% Christian,nfd, Australia: 2.2% Baptist, Australia: 1.6% Lutheran, Australia: 1.2% Pentecostal, Australia: 1.1% Buddhism, Australia: 2.5% Islam, Australia: 2.2% Western (Roman) Catholic, Regional VIC: 25.1% Anglican, Regional VIC: 16.7% Uniting Church, Regional VIC: 8.6% Presbyterian and Reformed, Regional VIC: 4.2% Christian,nfd, Regional VIC: 1.9% Baptist, Regional VIC: 1.4% Lutheran, Regional VIC: 1.3% Pentecostal, Regional VIC: 0.8% Buddhism, Regional VIC: 0.7% Islam, Regional VIC: 0.6%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in religion, 2006 to 2011
Change in religion, 2006 to 2011 Western (Roman) Catholic, Regional VIC: +16,077 Anglican, Regional VIC: -4,159 Uniting Church, Regional VIC: -11,658 Presbyterian and Reformed, Regional VIC: -1,189 Christian,nfd, Regional VIC: +8,312 Baptist, Regional VIC: +1,721 Lutheran, Regional VIC: -190 Pentecostal, Regional VIC: -1,032 Buddhism, Regional VIC: +3,417 Islam, Regional VIC: +1,769
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (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 2011 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, 64.7% of the population nominated a religion, and 25.4% said they had no religion, compared with 68.3% and 22.3% respectively for Australia.

The largest single religion in Regional VIC was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 25.1% of the population or 338,150 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 (8.6% compared to 5.0%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Presbyterian and Reformed (4.2% compared to 2.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (0.7% compared to 2.5%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (0.6% compared to 2.2%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in Regional VIC between 2006 and 2011 were for those who nominated:

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+16,077 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-11,658 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+8,312 persons)
  • Anglican (-4,159 persons)
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