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In Regional NT, the number of Christians experienced the greatest change (-7,230) compared to the non religious and non Christians in 2016.

Regional NT'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 NT'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 NT - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic15,85717.722.317,64519.725.1-1,788
Uniting Church8,4389.43.79,02410.15.0-586
Anglican7,1188.013.39,44910.617.1-2,331
Lutheran4,9905.60.76,2267.01.2-1,236
Baptist3,2683.71.53,8484.31.6-580
Australian Aboriginal Traditional Religions3,0133.40.02,6373.00.0+376
Christian,nfd2,0932.32.62,5292.82.2-436
Other Protestant1,8632.10.51,8192.00.3+44
Pentecostal1,2681.41.11,2721.41.1-4
Buddhism7680.92.46780.82.5+90
Presbyterian and Reformed7650.92.39691.12.8-204
Hinduism5510.61.93360.41.3+215
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)2990.30.32600.30.3+39
Islam2860.32.62310.32.2+55
Seventh Day Adventist2430.30.31760.20.3+67
Sikhism1880.20.5700.10.3+118
Greek Orthodox1180.11.61310.11.8-13
Jehova's Witnesses1060.10.42340.30.4-128
Salvation Army960.10.21460.20.3-50
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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 NT - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2011 to 2016
Christian total46,77652.352.154,00660.461.1-7,230
Non Christian total5,0815.78.24,4024.97.2+679
Non-classifiable religious belief4740.50.66550.70.8-181
No religion21,76024.329.918,00220.122.3+3,758
Not stated15,34817.29.112,31713.88.6+3,031

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% Uniting Church, Australia: 3.7% Anglican, Australia: 13.3% Lutheran, Australia: 0.7% Baptist, Australia: 1.5% Australian Aboriginal Traditional Religions, Australia: 0.0% Christian,nfd, Australia: 2.6% Other Protestant, Australia: 0.5% Pentecostal, Australia: 1.1% Buddhism, Australia: 2.4% Western (Roman) Catholic, Regional NT: 17.7% Uniting Church, Regional NT: 9.4% Anglican, Regional NT: 8.0% Lutheran, Regional NT: 5.6% Baptist, Regional NT: 3.7% Australian Aboriginal Traditional Religions, Regional NT: 3.4% Christian,nfd, Regional NT: 2.3% Other Protestant, Regional NT: 2.1% Pentecostal, Regional NT: 1.4% Buddhism, Regional NT: 0.9%
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 NT: -1,788 Uniting Church, Regional NT: -586 Anglican, Regional NT: -2,331 Lutheran, Regional NT: -1,236 Baptist, Regional NT: -580 Australian Aboriginal Traditional Religions, Regional NT: +376 Christian,nfd, Regional NT: -436 Other Protestant, Regional NT: +44 Pentecostal, Regional NT: -4 Buddhism, Regional NT: +90
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 NT in 2016 compared to Australia shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion as well as a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 58.0% of the population nominated a religion, and 24.3% said they had no religion, compared with 60.4% and 29.9% respectively for Australia.

The largest single religion in Regional NT was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 17.7% of the population or 15,857 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Uniting Church (9.4% compared to 3.7%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Lutheran (5.6% compared to 0.7%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (8.0% compared to 13.3%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (17.7% compared to 22.3%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-2,331 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-1,788 persons)
  • Lutheran (-1,236 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-586 persons)
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