City of MitchamCommunity profile
census-message-logo

2016 Census data has been released and we are busy processing it to update this website. View our latest releases here.

Skip to content
census-message-logo

This topic has been updated with 2016 Census data for all areas. What's this?

In West Region, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+1,807) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

West Region'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.

West Region'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
West Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%City of Mitcham %Number%City of Mitcham %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic3,41217.415.33,60019.017.1-188
Anglican1,5728.011.11,97710.414.3-405
Uniting Church1,1666.07.31,4787.89.6-312
Greek Orthodox1,0575.43.21,1105.93.4-53
Islam6393.31.45853.11.3+54
Christian,nfd5692.92.83852.02.4+184
Lutheran5482.82.47263.83.3-178
Baptist4622.42.45172.72.9-55
Buddhism3521.81.34252.21.4-73
Hinduism2811.41.02621.40.8+19
Pentecostal1971.00.82561.41.0-59
Presbyterian and Reformed1580.80.92211.21.0-63
Sikhism850.40.2730.40.2+12
Brethren720.40.3930.50.3-21
Churches of Christ680.30.41200.60.6-52
Christadelphian640.30.3880.50.3-24
Other Protestant640.30.3600.30.2+4
Maronite Catholic520.30.1560.30.1-4
Baha'i380.20.1640.30.1-26
Other Oriental Orthodox340.20.190.00.0+25
Serbian Orthodox260.10.1390.20.1-13
Jehova's Witnesses230.10.1180.10.1+5
Other Eastern Orthodox220.10.1530.30.2-31
Other Eastern Catholic210.10.190.00.0+12
Seventh Day Adventist200.10.1250.10.1-5
Show me more!

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
West Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%City of Mitcham %Number%City of Mitcham %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total9,65149.348.610,94157.757.6-1,290
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total1,4297.34.31,4967.94.3-67
Non-classifiable religious belief
1290.70.72051.10.9-76
map this data in atlas.idNo religion6,80134.739.44,99426.430.3+1,807
Not stated
1,4017.27.11,3146.96.8+87

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 Mitcham: 15.3% Anglican, City of Mitcham: 11.1% Uniting Church, City of Mitcham: 7.3% Greek Orthodox, City of Mitcham: 3.2% Islam, City of Mitcham: 1.4% Christian,nfd, City of Mitcham: 2.8% Lutheran, City of Mitcham: 2.4% Baptist, City of Mitcham: 2.4% Buddhism, City of Mitcham: 1.3% Hinduism, City of Mitcham: 1.0% Western (Roman) Catholic, West Region: 17.4% Anglican, West Region: 8.0% Uniting Church, West Region: 6.0% Greek Orthodox, West Region: 5.4% Islam, West Region: 3.3% Christian,nfd, West Region: 2.9% Lutheran, West Region: 2.8% Baptist, West Region: 2.4% Buddhism, West Region: 1.8% Hinduism, West Region: 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, West Region: -188 Anglican, West Region: -405 Uniting Church, West Region: -312 Greek Orthodox, West Region: -53 Islam, West Region: +54 Christian,nfd, West Region: +184 Lutheran, West Region: -178 Baptist, West Region: -55 Buddhism, West Region: -73 Hinduism, West Region: +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 West Region in 2016 compared to the City of Mitcham shows that there was a higher proportion of people who professed a religion and a lower proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 56.6% of the population nominated a religion, and 34.7% said they had no religion, compared with 52.9% and 39.4% respectively for the City of Mitcham.

The largest single religion in West Region was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 17.4% of the population or 3,412 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of West Region and the City of Mitcham were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (5.4% compared to 3.2%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (17.4% compared to 15.3%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Islam (3.3% compared to 1.4%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Anglican (8.0% compared to 11.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-405 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-312 persons)
  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-188 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+184 persons)
v17.08.16-1.0.0