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In Colac Otway Shire, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+904) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2011.

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)20112006Change
ReligionNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2006 to 2011
Western (Roman) Catholic5,63927.725.15,43426.825.0+205
Anglican2,74713.516.72,84614.017.8-99
Uniting Church2,13910.58.62,58312.79.9-444
Presbyterian and Reformed1,1645.74.21,2466.14.5-82
Christian,nfd2861.41.92161.11.4+70
Baptist1941.01.42201.11.4-26
Buddhism1400.70.7850.40.5+55
Pentecostal1100.50.81650.80.9-55
Lutheran1060.51.31240.61.4-18
Jehova's Witnesses760.40.3920.50.3-16
Greek Orthodox560.30.5570.30.5-1
Salvation Army540.30.4560.30.4-2
Islam400.20.6210.10.5+19
Other Protestant300.10.2170.10.2+13
Seventh Day Adventist280.10.2210.10.2+7
Churches of Christ240.10.4260.10.4-2
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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. 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)20112006Change
Religion totalsNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idChristian total12,70062.462.713,14664.864.9-446
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total2631.32.01580.81.5+105
Non-classifiable religious belief
1670.80.81630.80.7+4
map this data in atlas.idNo religion5,26825.925.44,36421.521.5+904
Not stated
1,9459.69.02,46412.111.4-519

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Religion, 2011
Religion, 2011 Western (Roman) Catholic, Regional VIC: 25.1% Anglican, Regional VIC: 16.7% Uniting Church, Regional VIC: 8.6% Presbyterian and Reformed, Regional VIC: 4.2% Christian,nfd, Regional VIC: 1.9% Baptist, Regional VIC: 1.4% Buddhism, Regional VIC: 0.7% Pentecostal, Regional VIC: 0.8% Lutheran, Regional VIC: 1.3% Jehova's Witnesses, Regional VIC: 0.3% Western (Roman) Catholic, Colac Otway Shire: 27.7% Anglican, Colac Otway Shire: 13.5% Uniting Church, Colac Otway Shire: 10.5% Presbyterian and Reformed, Colac Otway Shire: 5.7% Christian,nfd, Colac Otway Shire: 1.4% Baptist, Colac Otway Shire: 1.0% Buddhism, Colac Otway Shire: 0.7% Pentecostal, Colac Otway Shire: 0.5% Lutheran, Colac Otway Shire: 0.5% Jehova's Witnesses, Colac Otway Shire: 0.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in religion, 2006 to 2011
Change in religion, 2006 to 2011 Western (Roman) Catholic, Colac Otway Shire: +205 Anglican, Colac Otway Shire: -99 Uniting Church, Colac Otway Shire: -444 Presbyterian and Reformed, Colac Otway Shire: -82 Christian,nfd, Colac Otway Shire: +70 Baptist, Colac Otway Shire: -26 Buddhism, Colac Otway Shire: +55 Pentecostal, Colac Otway Shire: -55 Lutheran, Colac Otway Shire: -18 Jehova's Witnesses, Colac Otway Shire: -16
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (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 2011 compared to Regional VIC shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a similar proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 63.7% of the population nominated a religion, and 25.9% said they had no religion, compared with 64.7% and 25.4% respectively for Regional VIC.

The largest single religion in Colac Otway Shire was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 27.7% of the population or 5,639 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 (27.7% compared to 25.1%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Uniting Church (10.5% compared to 8.6%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Presbyterian and Reformed (5.7% compared to 4.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (13.5% compared to 16.7%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in Colac Otway Shire between 2006 and 2011 were for those who nominated:

  • Uniting Church (-444 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (+205 persons)
  • Anglican (-99 persons)
  • Presbyterian and Reformed (-82 persons)
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