Sunshine

Religion

In Sunshine, the number of non Christians experienced the greatest change (+754) compared to Christians and the non religious in 2011.

Sunshine'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.

Sunshine'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
Sunshine20112006Change
ReligionNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic2,36626.835.92,77234.339.9-406
Buddhism1,00311.411.87639.410.8+240
Anglican5516.24.56478.05.3-96
Islam4054.65.62352.95.0+170
Hinduism3784.32.21812.21.0+197
Greek Orthodox3423.94.93514.35.4-9
Baptist3293.71.21071.30.9+222
Sikhism2753.12.01191.50.6+156
Uniting Church1772.01.52252.81.7-48
Presbyterian and Reformed1361.51.12032.51.2-67
Christian,nfd1281.41.51121.41.2+16
Pentecostal931.11.0520.60.7+41
Other Eastern Orthodox810.91.6771.01.8+4
Macedonian Orthodox760.92.0480.62.4+28
Other Protestant400.50.4440.50.5-4
Lutheran310.40.4520.60.5-21
Jehova's Witnesses300.30.4210.30.4+9
Serbian Orthodox270.30.6210.30.7+6
Churches of Christ260.30.1190.20.1+7
Salvation Army260.30.1320.40.1-6
Other Oriental Orthodox220.20.2280.30.1-6
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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Excludes religions with fewer than 20 adherents, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Religion - summary
Sunshine20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2006 to 2011
Christian total4,52351.258.74,84460.064.3-321
Non Christian total2,08023.621.91,32616.417.7+754
Non-classifiable religious belief720.80.5600.70.4+12
No religion1,35315.311.01,06213.19.3+291
Not stated8009.17.97869.78.4+14

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

Religion, 2011
Religion, 2011 Western (Roman) Catholic, City of Brimbank: 35.9% Buddhism, City of Brimbank: 11.8% Anglican, City of Brimbank: 4.5% Islam, City of Brimbank: 5.6% Hinduism, City of Brimbank: 2.2% Greek Orthodox, City of Brimbank: 4.9% Baptist, City of Brimbank: 1.2% Sikhism, City of Brimbank: 2.0% Uniting Church, City of Brimbank: 1.5% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Brimbank: 1.1% Western (Roman) Catholic, Sunshine: 26.8% Buddhism, Sunshine: 11.4% Anglican, Sunshine: 6.2% Islam, Sunshine: 4.6% Hinduism, Sunshine: 4.3% Greek Orthodox, Sunshine: 3.9% Baptist, Sunshine: 3.7% Sikhism, Sunshine: 3.1% Uniting Church, Sunshine: 2.0% Presbyterian and Reformed, Sunshine: 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, Sunshine: -406 Buddhism, Sunshine: +240 Anglican, Sunshine: -96 Islam, Sunshine: +170 Hinduism, Sunshine: +197 Greek Orthodox, Sunshine: -9 Baptist, Sunshine: +222 Sikhism, Sunshine: +156 Uniting Church, Sunshine: -48 Presbyterian and Reformed, Sunshine: -67
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 Sunshine in 2011 compared to City of Brimbank shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 74.8% of the population nominated a religion, and 15.3% said they had no religion, compared with 80.6% and 11.0% respectively for City of Brimbank.

The largest single religion in Sunshine was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 26.8% of the population or 2,366 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Baptist (3.7% compared to 1.2%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Hinduism (4.3% compared to 2.2%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (6.2% compared to 4.5%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (26.8% compared to 35.9%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-406 persons)
  • Buddhism (+240 persons)
  • Baptist (+222 persons)
  • Hinduism (+197 persons)