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In Gannawarra Shire, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+611) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

Gannawarra 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.

Gannawarra 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.

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
Gannawarra Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic2,18120.722.72,10420.325.1+77
Anglican1,91218.113.32,08020.116.7-168
Uniting Church1,19811.46.51,41813.78.6-220
Presbyterian and Reformed3973.83.34944.84.2-97
Baptist3573.41.34134.01.4-56
Christian,nfd2092.02.11161.11.9+93
Brethren950.90.1940.90.2+1
Pentecostal510.50.7730.70.8-22
Lutheran430.40.9640.61.3-21
Buddhism370.40.8450.40.7-8
Greek Orthodox270.30.5220.20.5+5
Hinduism260.20.460.10.2+20
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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
Gannawarra Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2011 to 2016
Christian total6,53962.053.16,95367.162.7-414
Non Christian total970.92.5620.62.0+35
Non-classifiable religious belief490.50.6430.40.8+6
No religion2,94827.934.02,33722.525.4+611
Not stated9428.99.89709.49.0-28

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% Baptist, Regional VIC: 1.3% Christian,nfd, Regional VIC: 2.1% Brethren, Regional VIC: 0.1% Pentecostal, Regional VIC: 0.7% Lutheran, Regional VIC: 0.9% Buddhism, Regional VIC: 0.8% Western (Roman) Catholic, Gannawarra Shire: 20.7% Anglican, Gannawarra Shire: 18.1% Uniting Church, Gannawarra Shire: 11.4% Presbyterian and Reformed, Gannawarra Shire: 3.8% Baptist, Gannawarra Shire: 3.4% Christian,nfd, Gannawarra Shire: 2.0% Brethren, Gannawarra Shire: 0.9% Pentecostal, Gannawarra Shire: 0.5% Lutheran, Gannawarra Shire: 0.4% Buddhism, Gannawarra Shire: 0.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
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Change in religion, 2011 to 2016
Change in religion, 2011 to 2016 Western (Roman) Catholic, Gannawarra Shire: +77 Anglican, Gannawarra Shire: -168 Uniting Church, Gannawarra Shire: -220 Presbyterian and Reformed, Gannawarra Shire: -97 Baptist, Gannawarra Shire: -56 Christian,nfd, Gannawarra Shire: +93 Brethren, Gannawarra Shire: +1 Pentecostal, Gannawarra Shire: -22 Lutheran, Gannawarra Shire: -21 Buddhism, Gannawarra Shire: -8
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 Gannawarra Shire in 2016 compared to Regional VIC shows that there was a higher proportion of people who professed a religion and a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 62.9% of the population nominated a religion, and 27.9% said they had no religion, compared with 55.6% and 34.0% respectively for Regional VIC.

The largest single religion in Gannawarra Shire was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 20.7% of the population or 2,181 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (18.1% compared to 13.3%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Uniting Church (11.4% compared to 6.5%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Baptist (3.4% compared to 1.3%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (20.7% compared to 22.7%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Uniting Church (-220 persons)
  • Anglican (-168 persons)
  • Presbyterian and Reformed (-97 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+93 persons)
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