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In the City of Monash, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+18,446) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

The City of Monash'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.

The City of Monash'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
City of Monash - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic34,41418.823.238,64222.827.1-4,228
Greek Orthodox12,4216.83.513,1927.84.0-771
Buddhism12,3906.83.811,3866.74.0+1,004
Anglican10,4985.77.614,4958.610.8-3,997
Hinduism9,5755.22.96,9424.12.0+2,633
Uniting Church5,3572.92.37,4664.43.4-2,109
Christian,nfd4,5772.52.63,4632.01.9+1,114
Islam4,2492.34.23,4932.13.6+756
Baptist3,1181.71.33,4012.01.5-283
Presbyterian and Reformed3,0951.71.63,9402.32.1-845
Pentecostal1,8011.00.91,8901.10.9-89
Sikhism1,5440.81.11,3630.80.7+181
Other Protestant8620.50.45970.40.3+265
Judaism6780.40.97890.51.1-111
Lutheran5450.30.39460.60.6-401
Armenian Apostolic5290.30.05720.30.0-43
Coptic Orthodox3880.20.23560.20.2+32
Churches of Christ3730.20.25050.30.2-132
Serbian Orthodox3460.20.23680.20.3-22
Russian Orthodox3080.20.13450.20.1-37
Other Non-Christian Religions2960.20.12460.10.1+50
Jehova's Witnesses2490.10.23330.20.3-84
Baha'i2250.10.11890.10.1+36
Seventh Day Adventist2210.10.22590.20.2-38
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)1920.10.22800.20.2-88
Chinese and Japanese Religions1830.10.0960.10.0+87
Other Eastern Orthodox1740.10.15050.30.5-331
Other Oriental Orthodox1700.10.11090.10.1+61
Salvation Army1630.10.11840.10.2-21
Other Eastern Catholic1320.10.2400.00.1+92
Other Christian1230.10.12170.10.1-94
Macedonian Orthodox1210.10.41390.10.5-18
Christadelphian460.00.0560.00.0-10
Spiritualism370.00.0660.00.1-29
Paganism320.00.0670.00.1-35
Brethren300.00.0750.00.1-45
Other Nature Religions290.00.0490.00.0-20
Wiccan/Witchcraft280.00.0390.00.0-11
Maronite Catholic200.00.1290.00.1-9
Assyrian Apostolic200.00.1150.00.0+5
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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
City of Monash - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total80,29344.046.392,41954.655.8-12,126
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total29,27416.013.224,73114.611.8+4,543
Non-classifiable religious belief
9850.50.61,0410.60.9-56
map this data in atlas.idNo religion57,81431.731.339,36823.323.5+18,446
Not stated
14,2607.88.611,7166.98.1+2,544

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, Greater Melbourne: 23.2% Greek Orthodox, Greater Melbourne: 3.5% Buddhism, Greater Melbourne: 3.8% Anglican, Greater Melbourne: 7.6% Hinduism, Greater Melbourne: 2.9% Uniting Church, Greater Melbourne: 2.3% Christian,nfd, Greater Melbourne: 2.6% Islam, Greater Melbourne: 4.2% Baptist, Greater Melbourne: 1.3% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Melbourne: 1.6% Western (Roman) Catholic, City of Monash: 18.8% Greek Orthodox, City of Monash: 6.8% Buddhism, City of Monash: 6.8% Anglican, City of Monash: 5.7% Hinduism, City of Monash: 5.2% Uniting Church, City of Monash: 2.9% Christian,nfd, City of Monash: 2.5% Islam, City of Monash: 2.3% Baptist, City of Monash: 1.7% Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Monash: 1.7%
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, City of Monash: -4,228 Greek Orthodox, City of Monash: -771 Buddhism, City of Monash: +1,004 Anglican, City of Monash: -3,997 Hinduism, City of Monash: +2,633 Uniting Church, City of Monash: -2,109 Christian,nfd, City of Monash: +1,114 Islam, City of Monash: +756 Baptist, City of Monash: -283 Presbyterian and Reformed, City of Monash: -845
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 the City of Monash in 2016 compared to Greater Melbourne shows that there was a higher proportion of people who professed a religion and a similar proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 60.0% of the population nominated a religion, and 31.7% said they had no religion, compared with 59.5% and 31.3% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

The largest single religion in the City of Monash was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 18.8% of the population or 34,414 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of the City of Monash and Greater Melbourne were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (6.8% compared to 3.5%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Buddhism (6.8% compared to 3.8%)
  • A larger percentage who nominated Hinduism (5.2% compared to 2.9%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (18.8% compared to 23.2%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Western (Roman) Catholic (-4,228 persons)
  • Anglican (-3,997 persons)
  • Hinduism (+2,633 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-2,109 persons)
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