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In Regional WA, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+42,715) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

Regional WA'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 WA'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
Regional WA - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic101,00119.322.3105,15620.925.1-4,155
Anglican85,75516.413.3100,70620.017.1-14,951
Christian,nfd17,4863.32.614,4592.92.2+3,027
Uniting Church16,7783.23.721,6244.35.0-4,846
Baptist9,2881.81.59,5851.91.6-297
Presbyterian and Reformed8,8491.72.39,8212.02.8-972
Buddhism5,0621.02.44,3630.92.5+699
Pentecostal4,4890.91.14,4030.91.1+86
Other Protestant4,0450.80.53,0230.60.3+1,022
Islam3,1990.62.62,6380.52.2+561
Jehova's Witnesses3,0270.60.43,0810.60.4-54
Seventh Day Adventist2,5360.50.32,6460.50.3-110
Churches of Christ2,4080.50.23,3980.70.2-990
Lutheran2,1760.40.73,5920.71.2-1,416
Hinduism2,0140.41.91,1800.21.3+834
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)1,4920.30.31,5050.30.3-13
Salvation Army1,1810.20.21,5120.30.3-331
Australian Aboriginal Traditional Religions8930.20.07980.20.0+95
Greek Orthodox8650.21.69270.21.8-62
Brethren5770.10.15760.10.1+1
Other Christian5600.10.17620.20.1-202
Paganism4750.10.14910.10.1-16
Sikhism4130.10.51650.00.3+248
Spiritualism2950.10.03460.10.1-51
Other Non-Christian Religions2620.10.12790.10.1-17
Wiccan/Witchcraft2470.00.02580.10.0-11
Judaism2190.00.42060.00.5+13
Other Nature Religions2130.00.02030.00.0+10
Baha'i1880.00.11810.00.1+7
Christadelphian1360.00.01710.00.0-35
Macedonian Orthodox1150.00.21600.00.2-45
Other Eastern Catholic1140.00.160.00.1+108
Serbian Orthodox1130.00.21070.00.2+6
Russian Orthodox1080.00.11170.00.1-9
Chinese and Japanese Religions1080.00.0710.00.0+37
Coptic Orthodox570.00.1420.00.1+15
Other Eastern Orthodox380.00.11550.00.3-117
Other Oriental Orthodox310.00.1210.00.0+10
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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 WA - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2011 to 2016
Christian total263,24050.252.1287,56157.261.1-24,321
Non Christian total13,5882.68.211,1792.27.2+2,409
Non-classifiable religious belief3,4250.70.64,4210.90.8-996
No religion178,72934.129.9136,01427.122.3+42,715
Not stated65,20112.49.163,41212.68.6+1,789

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% Christian,nfd, Australia: 2.6% Uniting Church, Australia: 3.7% Baptist, Australia: 1.5% Presbyterian and Reformed, Australia: 2.3% Buddhism, Australia: 2.4% Pentecostal, Australia: 1.1% Other Protestant, Australia: 0.5% Islam, Australia: 2.6% Western (Roman) Catholic, Regional WA: 19.3% Anglican, Regional WA: 16.4% Christian,nfd, Regional WA: 3.3% Uniting Church, Regional WA: 3.2% Baptist, Regional WA: 1.8% Presbyterian and Reformed, Regional WA: 1.7% Buddhism, Regional WA: 1.0% Pentecostal, Regional WA: 0.9% Other Protestant, Regional WA: 0.8% Islam, Regional WA: 0.6%
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 WA: -4,155 Anglican, Regional WA: -14,951 Christian,nfd, Regional WA: +3,027 Uniting Church, Regional WA: -4,846 Baptist, Regional WA: -297 Presbyterian and Reformed, Regional WA: -972 Buddhism, Regional WA: +699 Pentecostal, Regional WA: +86 Other Protestant, Regional WA: +1,022 Islam, Regional WA: +561
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 WA 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, 52.8% of the population nominated a religion, and 34.1% said they had no religion, compared with 60.4% and 29.9% respectively for Australia.

The largest single religion in Regional WA was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 19.3% of the population or 101,001 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (16.4% compared to 13.3%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (19.3% compared to 22.3%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (0.6% compared to 2.6%)
  • 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 WA between 2011 and 2016 were for those who nominated:

  • Anglican (-14,951 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-4,846 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-4,155 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+3,027 persons)
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