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In Brisbane LGA, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+46,968) compared to non Christians and Christians in 2006.

Brisbane LGA'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.

Brisbane LGA'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
Brisbane LGA - Total persons (Usual residence)20062001Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Brisbane %Number%Greater Brisbane %2001 to 2006
Western (Roman) Catholic259,01327.124.5244,21128.025.5+14,802
Uniting Church62,7606.66.967,8277.88.2-5,067
Presbyterian and Reformed30,7853.23.432,2683.73.9-1,483
Greek Orthodox11,8201.20.811,1121.30.8+708
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)3,6360.40.53,0000.30.5+636
Jehova's Witnesses3,6160.40.53,3900.40.6+226
Other Protestant2,7570.30.32,4690.30.3+288
Seventh Day Adventist2,7030.30.42,5640.30.4+139
Salvation Army2,6880.30.42,9870.30.5-299
Other Christian1,7120.20.21,5870.20.3+125
Russian Orthodox1,6620.20.11,5220.20.1+140
Churches of Christ1,5490.20.21,7420.20.3-193
Serbian Orthodox1,4300.10.11,6160.20.1-186
Other Eastern Orthodox1,2360.10.11,0350.10.1+201
Other Non-Christian Religions8150.10.18430.10.1-28
Chinese and Japanese Religions4770.00.04800.10.0-3
Other Nature Religions4550.00.02720.00.0+183
Macedonian Orthodox3710.00.04190.00.0-48
Coptic Orthodox2960.00.01560.00.0+140
Other Oriental Orthodox1790.00.0880.00.0+91
Other Eastern Catholic1410.00.01990.00.0-58
Maronite Catholic1000.00.01470.00.0-47
Australian Aboriginal Traditional Religions890.00.0640.00.0+25
Assyrian Apostolic230.
Armenian Apostolic180.00.0270.00.0-9
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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2001 and 2006. 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
Brisbane LGA - Total persons (Usual residence)20062001Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Brisbane %Number%Greater Brisbane %2001 to 2006
Christian total615,69864.465.5604,98669.570.5+10,712
Non Christian total51,1935.43.839,5074.53.2+11,686
Non-classifiable religious belief7,4610.80.717,6192.01.9-10,158
No religion177,31818.518.9130,35015.015.1+46,968
Not stated104,47110.911.178,2929.09.3+26,179

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2001 and 2006. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Religion, 2006
Religion, 2006 Western (Roman) Catholic, Greater Brisbane: 24.5% Anglican, Greater Brisbane: 19.0% Uniting Church, Greater Brisbane: 6.9% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Brisbane: 3.4% Buddhism, Greater Brisbane: 1.8% Baptist, Greater Brisbane: 2.2% Christian,nfd, Greater Brisbane: 2.0% Pentecostal, Greater Brisbane: 1.6% Lutheran, Greater Brisbane: 1.8% Greek Orthodox, Greater Brisbane: 0.8% Western (Roman) Catholic, Brisbane LGA: 27.1% Anglican, Brisbane LGA: 17.2% Uniting Church, Brisbane LGA: 6.6% Presbyterian and Reformed, Brisbane LGA: 3.2% Buddhism, Brisbane LGA: 2.6% Baptist, Brisbane LGA: 2.0% Christian,nfd, Brisbane LGA: 1.7% Pentecostal, Brisbane LGA: 1.4% Lutheran, Brisbane LGA: 1.3% Greek Orthodox, Brisbane LGA: 1.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.
Change in religion, 2001 to 2006
Change in religion, 2001 to 2006 Western (Roman) Catholic, Brisbane LGA: +14,802 Anglican, Brisbane LGA: -6,051 Uniting Church, Brisbane LGA: -5,067 Presbyterian and Reformed, Brisbane LGA: -1,483 Buddhism, Brisbane LGA: +4,515 Baptist, Brisbane LGA: +1,044 Christian,nfd, Brisbane LGA: +3,381 Pentecostal, Brisbane LGA: +1,663 Lutheran, Brisbane LGA: +528 Greek Orthodox, Brisbane LGA: +708
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2001 and 2006 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the religious affiliation of the population of Brisbane LGA in 2006 compared to Greater Brisbane shows that there was a similar proportion of people who professed a religion as well as a similar proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 69.7% of the population nominated a religion, and 18.5% said they had no religion, compared with 69.3% and 18.9% respectively for Greater Brisbane.

The largest single religion in Brisbane LGA was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 27.1% of the population or 259,013 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of Brisbane LGA and Greater Brisbane were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (27.1% compared to 24.5%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (17.2% compared to 19.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in Brisbane LGA between 2001 and 2006 were for those who nominated:

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+14,802 persons)
  • Anglican (-6,051 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-5,067 persons)
  • Buddhism (+4,515 persons)