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In the City of Brimbank, the number of non Christians experienced the greatest change (+10,281) compared to the non religious and Christians in 2011.

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.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's religion?'

Total population

Religion - Ranked by size
City of Brimbank - (Usual residence)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic65,60935.927.167,10539.928.2-1,496
Buddhism21,56411.84.018,19310.83.5+3,371
Islam10,1745.63.68,4095.02.8+1,765
Greek Orthodox8,9364.94.09,1125.44.3-176
Anglican8,2514.510.88,8475.312.2-596
Hinduism3,9932.22.01,6821.01.1+2,311
Sikhism3,6782.00.79650.60.2+2,713
Macedonian Orthodox3,5882.00.54,0342.40.6-446
Other Eastern Orthodox2,9211.60.53,0361.80.6-115
Christian,nfd2,6781.51.91,8981.11.4+780
Uniting Church2,6631.53.42,9021.74.0-239
Baptist2,1851.21.51,5630.91.4+622
Presbyterian and Reformed1,9391.12.12,0421.22.3-103
Pentecostal1,9031.00.91,1900.70.8+713
Serbian Orthodox1,1020.60.31,2490.70.3-147
Other Protestant8170.40.38420.50.3-25
Coptic Orthodox7610.40.27440.40.1+17
Jehova's Witnesses7370.40.37100.40.3+27
Lutheran7320.40.68860.50.7-154
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)4390.20.23110.20.2+128
Other Oriental Orthodox3890.20.12370.10.0+152
Seventh Day Adventist3850.20.23200.20.2+65
Other Eastern Catholic2470.10.12680.20.1-21
Other Non-Christian Religions2340.10.11620.10.1+72
Salvation Army2050.10.22090.10.2-4
Russian Orthodox2010.10.11700.10.1+31
Other Christian2010.10.11350.10.1+66
Churches of Christ1940.10.22070.10.3-13
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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. 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)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total107,29358.755.8108,18164.359.0-888
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total39,97321.911.829,69217.79.1+10,281
Non-classifiable religious belief
9020.50.96530.40.8+249
map this data in atlas.idNo religion20,10411.023.515,5849.320.0+4,520
Not stated
14,4597.98.114,1088.411.1+351

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Religion, 2011
Religion, 2011 Western (Roman) Catholic, Greater Melbourne: 27.1% Buddhism, Greater Melbourne: 4.0% Islam, Greater Melbourne: 3.6% Greek Orthodox, Greater Melbourne: 4.0% Anglican, Greater Melbourne: 10.8% Hinduism, Greater Melbourne: 2.0% Sikhism, Greater Melbourne: 0.7% Macedonian Orthodox, Greater Melbourne: 0.5% Other Eastern Orthodox, Greater Melbourne: 0.5% Christian,nfd, Greater Melbourne: 1.9% Western (Roman) Catholic, City of Brimbank: 35.9% Buddhism, City of Brimbank: 11.8% Islam, City of Brimbank: 5.6% Greek Orthodox, City of Brimbank: 4.9% Anglican, City of Brimbank: 4.5% Hinduism, City of Brimbank: 2.2% Sikhism, City of Brimbank: 2.0% Macedonian Orthodox, City of Brimbank: 2.0% Other Eastern Orthodox, City of Brimbank: 1.6% Christian,nfd, City of Brimbank: 1.5%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in religion, 2006 to 2011
Change in religion, 2006 to 2011 Western (Roman) Catholic, City of Brimbank: -1,496 Buddhism, City of Brimbank: +3,371 Islam, City of Brimbank: +1,765 Greek Orthodox, City of Brimbank: -176 Anglican, City of Brimbank: -596 Hinduism, City of Brimbank: +2,311 Sikhism, City of Brimbank: +2,713 Macedonian Orthodox, City of Brimbank: -446 Other Eastern Orthodox, City of Brimbank: -115 Christian,nfd, City of Brimbank: +780
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (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 2011 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, 80.6% of the population nominated a religion, and 11.0% said they had no religion, compared with 67.6% and 23.5% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

The largest single religion in the City of Brimbank was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 35.9% of the population or 65,609 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 (35.9% compared to 27.1%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Buddhism (11.8% compared to 4.0%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Islam (5.6% compared to 3.6%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (4.5% compared to 10.8%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in the City of Brimbank between 2006 and 2011 were for those who nominated:

  • Buddhism (+3,371 persons)
  • Sikhism (+2,713 persons)
  • Hinduism (+2,311 persons)
  • Islam (+1,765 persons)