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In Sunshine, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+834) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

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.

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
Sunshine - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic2,20322.531.12,36626.835.9-163
Buddhism1,00310.310.81,00311.411.80
Islam6196.35.84054.65.6+214
Hinduism5105.22.93784.32.2+132
Baptist4694.81.53293.71.2+140
Greek Orthodox3363.44.33423.94.9-6
Anglican2913.03.15516.24.5-260
Sikhism2662.72.62753.12.0-9
Christian,nfd1962.03.51281.41.5+68
Uniting Church1471.51.01772.01.5-30
Pentecostal1141.21.4931.11.0+21
Presbyterian and Reformed981.00.91361.51.1-38
Macedonian Orthodox630.61.5760.92.0-13
Other Protestant580.60.5400.50.4+18
Jehova's Witnesses260.30.4300.30.4-4
Other Eastern Orthodox230.20.1810.91.6-58
Other Oriental Orthodox220.20.4220.20.20
Serbian Orthodox220.20.5270.30.6-5
Lutheran200.20.2310.40.4-11
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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
Sunshine - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total4,15042.451.94,52351.258.7-373
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total2,43524.922.32,08023.621.9+355
Non-classifiable religious belief
340.30.5720.80.5-38
map this data in atlas.idNo religion2,18722.416.91,35315.311.0+834
Not stated
9159.48.48009.17.9+115

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, City of Brimbank: 31.1% Buddhism, City of Brimbank: 10.8% Islam, City of Brimbank: 5.8% Hinduism, City of Brimbank: 2.9% Baptist, City of Brimbank: 1.5% Greek Orthodox, City of Brimbank: 4.3% Anglican, City of Brimbank: 3.1% Sikhism, City of Brimbank: 2.6% Christian,nfd, City of Brimbank: 3.5% Uniting Church, City of Brimbank: 1.0% Western (Roman) Catholic, Sunshine: 22.5% Buddhism, Sunshine: 10.3% Islam, Sunshine: 6.3% Hinduism, Sunshine: 5.2% Baptist, Sunshine: 4.8% Greek Orthodox, Sunshine: 3.4% Anglican, Sunshine: 3.0% Sikhism, Sunshine: 2.7% Christian,nfd, Sunshine: 2.0% Uniting Church, Sunshine: 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, Sunshine: -163 Buddhism, Sunshine: 0 Islam, Sunshine: +214 Hinduism, Sunshine: +132 Baptist, Sunshine: +140 Greek Orthodox, Sunshine: -6 Anglican, Sunshine: -260 Sikhism, Sunshine: -9 Christian,nfd, Sunshine: +68 Uniting Church, Sunshine: -30
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 Sunshine in 2016 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, 67.3% of the population nominated a religion, and 22.4% said they had no religion, compared with 74.2% and 16.9% respectively for City of Brimbank.

The largest single religion in Sunshine was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 22.5% of the population or 2,203 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 (4.8% compared to 1.5%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Hinduism (5.2% compared to 2.9%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (22.5% compared to 31.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Christian,nfd (2.0% compared to 3.5%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-260 persons)
  • Islam (+214 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-163 persons)
  • Baptist (+140 persons)
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