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In the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA), the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+404,412) compared to non Christians and Christians in 2016.

The National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA)'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 National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA)'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
National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic1,079,14723.924.21,054,63327.127.5+24,513
Anglican565,07512.512.0654,24216.816.1-89,167
Islam197,4184.45.3139,2803.64.7+58,138
Christian,nfd153,0403.42.2101,1562.61.7+51,883
Hinduism133,8693.03.572,3791.92.6+61,489
Uniting Church123,9692.82.0148,5313.82.8-24,562
Buddhism100,4382.23.982,8802.14.1+17,558
Presbyterian and Reformed91,5392.02.099,6352.62.4-8,097
Baptist77,2741.71.272,8781.91.5+4,396
Pentecostal73,3371.61.160,8711.61.1+12,465
Greek Orthodox56,4761.32.453,5861.42.7+2,889
Sikhism53,5601.20.622,3970.60.4+31,163
Other Protestant27,0160.60.514,2250.40.3+12,791
Lutheran24,8690.60.236,6070.90.4-11,738
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)24,6380.50.322,1510.60.3+2,487
Jehova's Witnesses19,6730.40.219,3410.50.3+332
Seventh Day Adventist16,6530.40.214,7390.40.3+1,913
Macedonian Orthodox14,0720.30.314,3970.40.4-325
Serbian Orthodox12,6960.30.312,5010.30.3+195
Coptic Orthodox11,5190.30.39,4090.20.3+2,110
Other Non-Christian Religions9,9520.20.36,4100.20.2+3,542
Other Eastern Catholic9,3210.20.23,8260.10.1+5,495
Salvation Army9,2510.20.111,2070.30.2-1,956
Churches of Christ7,5860.20.18,8510.20.1-1,265
Other Christian5,6220.10.16,9500.20.1-1,328
Maronite Catholic5,1160.10.74,1900.10.6+926
Assyrian Apostolic4,8300.10.22,9690.10.2+1,861
Other Oriental Orthodox4,6460.10.12,4850.10.1+2,161
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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
National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Christian total2,431,63954.051.72,457,45663.260.9-25,818
Non Christian total510,81511.314.4338,4558.713.2+172,359
Non-classifiable religious belief25,6260.60.527,4500.70.6-1,824
No religion1,162,31525.824.9757,90319.517.6+404,412
Not stated375,4948.38.5306,3717.97.6+69,122

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 Sydney: 24.2% Anglican, Greater Sydney: 12.0% Islam, Greater Sydney: 5.3% Christian,nfd, Greater Sydney: 2.2% Hinduism, Greater Sydney: 3.5% Uniting Church, Greater Sydney: 2.0% Buddhism, Greater Sydney: 3.9% Presbyterian and Reformed, Greater Sydney: 2.0% Baptist, Greater Sydney: 1.2% Pentecostal, Greater Sydney: 1.1% Western (Roman) Catholic, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 23.9% Anglican, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 12.5% Islam, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 4.4% Christian,nfd, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 3.4% Hinduism, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 3.0% Uniting Church, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 2.8% Buddhism, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 2.2% Presbyterian and Reformed, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 2.0% Baptist, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 1.7% Pentecostal, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 1.6%
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, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +24,513 Anglican, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): -89,167 Islam, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +58,138 Christian,nfd, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +51,883 Hinduism, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +61,489 Uniting Church, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): -24,562 Buddhism, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +17,558 Presbyterian and Reformed, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): -8,097 Baptist, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +4,396 Pentecostal, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +12,465
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 National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) in 2016 compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 65.3% of the population nominated a religion, and 25.8% said they had no religion, compared with 66.2% and 24.9% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The largest single religion in the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 23.9% of the population or 1,079,147 people as adherents.

The major differences between the religious affiliation for the population of the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage who nominated Christian,nfd (3.4% compared to 2.2%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Buddhism (2.2% compared to 3.9%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Greek Orthodox (1.3% compared to 2.4%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the religious affiliation of the population in the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) between 2011 and 2016 were for those who nominated:

  • Anglican (-89,167 persons)
  • Hinduism (+61,489 persons)
  • Islam (+58,138 persons)
  • Christian,nfd (+51,883 persons)
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