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In Sunshine West, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+1,582) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

Sunshine West'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 West'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 West - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic5,03227.131.15,37332.135.9-341
Buddhism2,27712.310.82,36914.211.8-92
Islam1,5488.35.81,1186.75.6+430
Greek Orthodox1,3067.04.31,4938.94.9-187
Christian,nfd6263.43.52431.51.5+383
Hinduism4722.52.92131.32.2+259
Anglican4572.53.16263.74.5-169
Baptist3031.61.51981.21.2+105
Macedonian Orthodox2881.51.53171.92.0-29
Pentecostal2781.51.42101.31.0+68
Presbyterian and Reformed1881.00.91841.11.1+4
Sikhism1730.92.61490.92.0+24
Other Oriental Orthodox1130.60.4400.20.2+73
Uniting Church960.51.02461.51.5-150
Jehova's Witnesses910.50.41050.60.4-14
Other Protestant750.40.5970.60.4-22
Serbian Orthodox550.30.5810.50.6-26
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)440.20.3610.40.2-17
Coptic Orthodox320.20.4170.10.4+15
Seventh Day Adventist320.20.2250.10.2+7
Lutheran310.20.2380.20.4-7
Other Eastern Catholic250.10.2240.10.1+1
Russian Orthodox100.10.1180.10.1-8
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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 West - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total9,10449.051.99,68757.958.7-583
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total4,47624.122.33,90423.321.9+572
Non-classifiable religious belief
800.40.5880.50.5-8
map this data in atlas.idNo religion3,33117.916.91,74910.511.0+1,582
Not stated
1,4117.68.41,3067.87.9+105

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% Greek Orthodox, City of Brimbank: 4.3% Christian,nfd, City of Brimbank: 3.5% Hinduism, City of Brimbank: 2.9% Anglican, City of Brimbank: 3.1% Baptist, City of Brimbank: 1.5% Macedonian Orthodox, City of Brimbank: 1.5% Pentecostal, City of Brimbank: 1.4% Western (Roman) Catholic, Sunshine West: 27.1% Buddhism, Sunshine West: 12.3% Islam, Sunshine West: 8.3% Greek Orthodox, Sunshine West: 7.0% Christian,nfd, Sunshine West: 3.4% Hinduism, Sunshine West: 2.5% Anglican, Sunshine West: 2.5% Baptist, Sunshine West: 1.6% Macedonian Orthodox, Sunshine West: 1.5% Pentecostal, Sunshine West: 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 West: -341 Buddhism, Sunshine West: -92 Islam, Sunshine West: +430 Greek Orthodox, Sunshine West: -187 Christian,nfd, Sunshine West: +383 Hinduism, Sunshine West: +259 Anglican, Sunshine West: -169 Baptist, Sunshine West: +105 Macedonian Orthodox, Sunshine West: -29 Pentecostal, Sunshine West: +68
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 West 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, 73.1% of the population nominated a religion, and 17.9% said they had no religion, compared with 74.2% and 16.9% respectively for City of Brimbank.

The largest single religion in Sunshine West was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 27.1% of the population or 5,032 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (7.0% compared to 4.3%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Islam (8.3% compared to 5.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (27.1% compared to 31.1%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Sikhism (0.9% compared to 2.6%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Islam (+430 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+383 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-341 persons)
  • Hinduism (+259 persons)
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