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In Sunshine District, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+3,807) compared to non Christians and Christians in 2016.

Sunshine District'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 District'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 District - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic12,74526.631.113,74631.735.9-1,001
Buddhism6,35813.310.86,30214.511.8+56
Islam3,3196.95.82,3125.35.6+1,007
Greek Orthodox2,0534.34.32,2275.14.9-174
Hinduism1,8153.82.91,1012.52.2+714
Christian,nfd1,2612.63.55871.41.5+674
Anglican1,2602.63.11,9424.54.5-682
Baptist1,1952.51.58291.91.2+366
Sikhism7621.62.68582.02.0-96
Pentecostal6691.41.45131.21.0+156
Presbyterian and Reformed4701.00.95301.21.1-60
Macedonian Orthodox3790.81.54371.02.0-58
Uniting Church3710.81.06181.41.5-247
Other Protestant2440.50.51950.40.4+49
Other Oriental Orthodox2010.40.41050.20.2+96
Jehova's Witnesses1880.40.42080.50.4-20
Serbian Orthodox1350.30.51500.30.6-15
Lutheran890.20.21400.30.4-51
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)840.20.3890.20.2-5
Other Eastern Catholic620.10.2820.20.1-20
Seventh Day Adventist540.10.2560.10.2-2
Coptic Orthodox540.10.4300.10.4+24
Other Eastern Orthodox510.10.14481.01.6-397
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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 District - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total21,66145.251.923,13153.458.7-1,470
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total12,33225.722.310,71224.721.9+1,620
Non-classifiable religious belief
2030.40.52770.60.5-74
map this data in atlas.idNo religion9,31619.416.95,50912.711.0+3,807
Not stated
4,0708.58.43,7278.67.9+343

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% Hinduism, City of Brimbank: 2.9% Christian,nfd, City of Brimbank: 3.5% Anglican, City of Brimbank: 3.1% Baptist, City of Brimbank: 1.5% Sikhism, City of Brimbank: 2.6% Pentecostal, City of Brimbank: 1.4% Western (Roman) Catholic, Sunshine District: 26.6% Buddhism, Sunshine District: 13.3% Islam, Sunshine District: 6.9% Greek Orthodox, Sunshine District: 4.3% Hinduism, Sunshine District: 3.8% Christian,nfd, Sunshine District: 2.6% Anglican, Sunshine District: 2.6% Baptist, Sunshine District: 2.5% Sikhism, Sunshine District: 1.6% Pentecostal, Sunshine District: 1.4%
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 District: -1,001 Buddhism, Sunshine District: +56 Islam, Sunshine District: +1,007 Greek Orthodox, Sunshine District: -174 Hinduism, Sunshine District: +714 Christian,nfd, Sunshine District: +674 Anglican, Sunshine District: -682 Baptist, Sunshine District: +366 Sikhism, Sunshine District: -96 Pentecostal, Sunshine District: +156
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 District 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, 70.9% of the population nominated a religion, and 19.4% said they had no religion, compared with 74.2% and 16.9% respectively for City of Brimbank.

The largest single religion in Sunshine District was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 26.6% of the population or 12,745 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Buddhism (13.3% compared to 10.8%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Islam (6.9% compared to 5.8%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (26.6% compared to 31.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Islam (+1,007 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-1,001 persons)
  • Hinduism (+714 persons)
  • Anglican (-682 persons)
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