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In Greater Brisbane, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+231,405) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

Greater Brisbane'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.

Greater Brisbane'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
Greater Brisbane - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic486,70321.422.3497,92924.125.1-11,226
Uniting Church103,3324.63.7124,6866.05.0-21,354
Presbyterian and Reformed60,0992.62.366,6863.22.8-6,587
Greek Orthodox15,3680.71.615,8620.81.8-494
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)13,1790.60.312,4730.60.3+706
Other Protestant13,1220.60.56,5890.30.3+6,533
Jehova's Witnesses10,4510.50.410,6950.50.4-244
Seventh Day Adventist8,8450.40.38,6360.40.3+209
Salvation Army5,5800.20.26,6270.30.3-1,047
Other Christian4,4250.20.14,8690.20.1-444
Churches of Christ3,1940.10.23,8960.20.2-702
Russian Orthodox2,4670.10.12,4510.10.1+16
Serbian Orthodox2,4100.10.22,4020.10.2+8
Other Non-Christian Religions1,8890.10.11,6230.10.1+266
Other Eastern Catholic1,5290.10.12330.00.1+1,296
Other Oriental Orthodox1,2270.10.15790.00.0+648
Chinese and Japanese Religions1,0460.00.09830.00.0+63
Other Nature Religions8880.00.01,1110.10.0-223
Other Eastern Orthodox8340.00.12,1450.10.3-1,311
Coptic Orthodox7030.00.15780.00.1+125
Macedonian Orthodox6710.00.26460.00.2+25
Maronite Catholic3270.00.21960.00.1+131
Australian Aboriginal Traditional Religions2730.00.02240.00.0+49
Assyrian Apostolic560.00.1530.00.0+3
Armenian Apostolic410.00.0280.00.0+13
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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
Greater Brisbane - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2011 to 2016
Christian total1,218,24053.652.11,298,07462.861.1-79,834
Non Christian total135,7726.08.2107,3305.27.2+28,442
Non-classifiable religious belief15,8270.70.616,9730.80.8-1,146
No religion702,93031.029.9471,52522.822.3+231,405
Not stated198,0248.79.1172,1018.38.6+25,923

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% Christian,nfd, Australia: 2.6% Presbyterian and Reformed, Australia: 2.3% Baptist, Australia: 1.5% Buddhism, Australia: 2.4% Pentecostal, Australia: 1.1% Islam, Australia: 2.6% Hinduism, Australia: 1.9% Western (Roman) Catholic, Greater Brisbane: 21.4% Anglican, Greater Brisbane: 13.3% Uniting Church, Greater Brisbane: 4.6% Christian,nfd, Greater Brisbane: 3.1% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Brisbane: 2.6% Baptist, Greater Brisbane: 2.2% Buddhism, Greater Brisbane: 2.0% Pentecostal, Greater Brisbane: 1.5% Islam, Greater Brisbane: 1.5% Hinduism, Greater Brisbane: 1.5%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016 Western (Roman) Catholic, Greater Brisbane: -11,226 Anglican, Greater Brisbane: -50,824 Uniting Church, Greater Brisbane: -21,354 Christian,nfd, Greater Brisbane: +12,063 Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Brisbane: -6,587 Baptist, Greater Brisbane: +901 Buddhism, Greater Brisbane: +2,248 Pentecostal, Greater Brisbane: +2,796 Islam, Greater Brisbane: +8,834 Hinduism, Greater Brisbane: +12,090
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the religious affiliation of the population of Greater Brisbane 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, 59.6% of the population nominated a religion, and 31.0% said they had no religion, compared with 60.4% and 29.9% respectively for Australia.

The largest single religion in Greater Brisbane was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 21.4% of the population or 486,703 people as adherents.

The major difference between the religious affiliation for the population of Greater Brisbane and Australia was:

  • A smaller percentage who nominated Islam (1.5% compared to 2.6%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-50,824 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-21,354 persons)
  • Hinduism (+12,090 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+12,063 persons)