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In the City of Brimbank, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+12,793) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

The City of Brimbank'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.

The City of Brimbank'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
City of Brimbank - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic60,34731.123.265,60935.927.1-5,262
Buddhism20,96410.83.821,56411.84.0-600
Islam11,3215.84.210,1745.63.6+1,147
Greek Orthodox8,3214.33.58,9364.94.0-615
Christian,nfd6,8183.52.62,6781.51.9+4,140
Anglican5,9723.17.68,2514.510.8-2,279
Hinduism5,6532.92.93,9932.22.0+1,660
Sikhism4,9622.61.13,6782.00.7+1,284
Baptist2,9421.51.32,1851.21.5+757
Macedonian Orthodox2,8621.50.43,5882.00.5-726
Pentecostal2,6561.40.91,9031.00.9+753
Uniting Church1,9681.02.32,6631.53.4-695
Presbyterian and Reformed1,6850.91.61,9391.12.1-254
Other Protestant1,0270.50.48170.40.3+210
Serbian Orthodox9290.50.21,1020.60.3-173
Coptic Orthodox8110.40.27610.40.2+50
Jehova's Witnesses7890.40.27370.40.3+52
Other Oriental Orthodox7360.40.13890.20.1+347
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)6640.30.24390.20.2+225
Other Eastern Catholic4830.20.22470.10.1+236
Lutheran4460.20.37320.40.6-286
Seventh Day Adventist3750.20.23850.20.2-10
Other Eastern Orthodox2470.10.12,9211.60.5-2,674
Other Non-Christian Religions2040.10.12340.10.1-30
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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
City of Brimbank - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total100,83451.946.3107,29358.755.8-6,459
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total43,42122.313.239,97321.911.8+3,448
Non-classifiable religious belief
9140.50.69020.50.9+12
map this data in atlas.idNo religion32,89716.931.320,10411.023.5+12,793
Not stated
16,2438.48.614,4597.98.1+1,784

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, Greater Melbourne: 23.2% Buddhism, Greater Melbourne: 3.8% Islam, Greater Melbourne: 4.2% Greek Orthodox, Greater Melbourne: 3.5% Christian,nfd, Greater Melbourne: 2.6% Anglican, Greater Melbourne: 7.6% Hinduism, Greater Melbourne: 2.9% Sikhism, Greater Melbourne: 1.1% Baptist, Greater Melbourne: 1.3% Macedonian Orthodox, Greater Melbourne: 0.4% Western (Roman) Catholic, City of Brimbank: 31.1% Buddhism, City of Brimbank: 10.8% Islam, City of Brimbank: 5.8% Greek Orthodox, City of Brimbank: 4.3% Christian,nfd, City of Brimbank: 3.5% Anglican, City of Brimbank: 3.1% Hinduism, City of Brimbank: 2.9% Sikhism, City of Brimbank: 2.6% Baptist, City of Brimbank: 1.5% Macedonian Orthodox, City of Brimbank: 1.5%
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, City of Brimbank: -5,262 Buddhism, City of Brimbank: -600 Islam, City of Brimbank: +1,147 Greek Orthodox, City of Brimbank: -615 Christian,nfd, City of Brimbank: +4,140 Anglican, City of Brimbank: -2,279 Hinduism, City of Brimbank: +1,660 Sikhism, City of Brimbank: +1,284 Baptist, City of Brimbank: +757 Macedonian Orthodox, City of Brimbank: -726
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 the City of Brimbank in 2016 compared to Greater Melbourne shows that there was a higher proportion of people who professed a religion and a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 74.2% of the population nominated a religion, and 16.9% said they had no religion, compared with 59.5% and 31.3% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

The largest single religion in the City of Brimbank was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 31.1% of the population or 60,347 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of the City of Brimbank and Greater Melbourne were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (31.1% compared to 23.2%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Buddhism (10.8% compared to 3.8%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Islam (5.8% compared to 4.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (3.1% compared to 7.6%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-5,262 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+4,140 persons)
  • Other Eastern Orthodox (-2,674 persons)
  • Anglican (-2,279 persons)
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