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In Bass Coast Shire, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+3,984) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

Bass Coast Shire'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.

Bass Coast Shire'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
Bass Coast Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic6,24519.022.76,50122.025.1-256
Anglican5,00115.213.35,61018.916.7-609
Uniting Church1,4884.56.51,6685.68.6-180
Presbyterian and Reformed8922.73.31,0063.44.2-114
Christian,nfd6472.02.15261.81.9+121
Baptist6432.01.35671.91.4+76
Buddhism3391.00.82991.00.7+40
Greek Orthodox1810.60.51590.50.5+22
Pentecostal1670.50.71270.40.8+40
Salvation Army1220.40.31460.50.4-24
Jehova's Witnesses1050.30.31190.40.3-14
Hinduism960.30.4340.10.2+62
Lutheran930.30.91650.61.3-72
Other Protestant720.20.3330.10.2+39
Islam490.10.7540.20.6-5
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)370.10.1370.10.20
Churches of Christ370.10.3330.10.4+4
Paganism350.10.1310.10.1+4
Sikhism350.10.230.00.1+32
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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
Bass Coast Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total15,84048.353.116,83156.862.7-991
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total6602.02.55131.72.0+147
Non-classifiable religious belief
2380.70.62770.90.8-39
map this data in atlas.idNo religion12,89339.334.08,90930.125.4+3,984
Not stated
3,1829.79.83,08610.49.0+96

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, 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% Buddhism, Regional VIC: 0.8% Greek Orthodox, Regional VIC: 0.5% Pentecostal, Regional VIC: 0.7% Salvation Army, Regional VIC: 0.3% Western (Roman) Catholic, Bass Coast Shire: 19.0% Anglican, Bass Coast Shire: 15.2% Uniting Church, Bass Coast Shire: 4.5% Presbyterian and Reformed, Bass Coast Shire: 2.7% Christian,nfd, Bass Coast Shire: 2.0% Baptist, Bass Coast Shire: 2.0% Buddhism, Bass Coast Shire: 1.0% Greek Orthodox, Bass Coast Shire: 0.6% Pentecostal, Bass Coast Shire: 0.5% Salvation Army, Bass Coast Shire: 0.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
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Change in religion, 2011 to 2016
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016 Western (Roman) Catholic, Bass Coast Shire: -256 Anglican, Bass Coast Shire: -609 Uniting Church, Bass Coast Shire: -180 Presbyterian and Reformed, Bass Coast Shire: -114 Christian,nfd, Bass Coast Shire: +121 Baptist, Bass Coast Shire: +76 Buddhism, Bass Coast Shire: +40 Greek Orthodox, Bass Coast Shire: +22 Pentecostal, Bass Coast Shire: +40 Salvation Army, Bass Coast Shire: -24
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 Bass Coast Shire in 2016 compared to Regional VIC shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 50.3% of the population nominated a religion, and 39.3% said they had no religion, compared with 55.6% and 34.0% respectively for Regional VIC.

The largest single religion in Bass Coast Shire was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 19.0% of the population or 6,245 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of Bass Coast Shire and Regional VIC were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (15.2% compared to 13.3%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (19.0% compared to 22.7%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Uniting Church (4.5% compared to 6.5%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in Bass Coast Shire between 2011 and 2016 were for those who nominated:

  • Anglican (-609 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-256 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-180 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+121 persons)
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