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In Colac Otway Shire, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+2,089) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

Colac Otway Shire'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.

Colac Otway Shire'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
Colac Otway Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic5,26425.122.75,63927.725.1-375
Anglican2,31411.013.32,74713.516.7-433
Uniting Church1,6597.96.52,13910.58.6-480
Presbyterian and Reformed8984.33.31,1645.74.2-266
Christian,nfd3281.62.12861.41.9+42
Baptist1730.81.31941.01.4-21
Pentecostal1240.60.71100.50.8+14
Islam1160.60.7400.20.6+76
Buddhism1160.60.81400.70.7-24
Greek Orthodox750.40.5560.30.5+19
Jehova's Witnesses670.30.3760.40.3-9
Lutheran650.30.91060.51.3-41
Salvation Army440.20.3540.30.4-10
Other Protestant410.20.3300.10.2+11
Hinduism390.20.4180.10.2+21
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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
Colac Otway Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total11,13653.153.112,70062.462.7-1,564
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total3351.62.52631.32.0+72
Non-classifiable religious belief
1270.60.61670.80.8-40
map this data in atlas.idNo religion7,35735.134.05,26825.925.4+2,089
Not stated
2,0119.69.81,9459.69.0+66

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, Regional VIC: 22.7% Anglican, Regional VIC: 13.3% Uniting Church, Regional VIC: 6.5% Presbyterian and Reformed, Regional VIC: 3.3% Christian,nfd, Regional VIC: 2.1% Baptist, Regional VIC: 1.3% Pentecostal, Regional VIC: 0.7% Islam, Regional VIC: 0.7% Buddhism, Regional VIC: 0.8% Greek Orthodox, Regional VIC: 0.5% Western (Roman) Catholic, Colac Otway Shire: 25.1% Anglican, Colac Otway Shire: 11.0% Uniting Church, Colac Otway Shire: 7.9% Presbyterian and Reformed, Colac Otway Shire: 4.3% Christian,nfd, Colac Otway Shire: 1.6% Baptist, Colac Otway Shire: 0.8% Pentecostal, Colac Otway Shire: 0.6% Islam, Colac Otway Shire: 0.6% Buddhism, Colac Otway Shire: 0.6% Greek Orthodox, Colac Otway Shire: 0.4%
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, Colac Otway Shire: -375 Anglican, Colac Otway Shire: -433 Uniting Church, Colac Otway Shire: -480 Presbyterian and Reformed, Colac Otway Shire: -266 Christian,nfd, Colac Otway Shire: +42 Baptist, Colac Otway Shire: -21 Pentecostal, Colac Otway Shire: +14 Islam, Colac Otway Shire: +76 Buddhism, Colac Otway Shire: -24 Greek Orthodox, Colac Otway Shire: +19
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 Colac Otway Shire in 2016 compared to Regional VIC shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 54.7% of the population nominated a religion, and 35.1% said they had no religion, compared with 55.6% and 34.0% respectively for Regional VIC.

The largest single religion in Colac Otway Shire was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 25.1% of the population or 5,264 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of Colac Otway Shire and Regional VIC were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (25.1% compared to 22.7%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Uniting Church (7.9% compared to 6.5%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Presbyterian and Reformed (4.3% compared to 3.3%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (11.0% compared to 13.3%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Uniting Church (-480 persons)
  • Anglican (-433 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-375 persons)
  • Presbyterian and Reformed (-266 persons)
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