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Religion

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In South Gippsland Shire, the number of non religious persons experienced the greatest change (+2,571) compared to Christians and non Christians in 2016.

South Gippsland 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.

South Gippsland 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
South Gippsland Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
ReligionNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2011 to 2016
Western (Roman) Catholic4,98917.422.75,00918.425.1-20
Anglican4,61116.113.35,15718.916.7-546
Uniting Church2,0667.26.52,5979.58.6-531
Presbyterian and Reformed9243.23.31,0844.04.2-160
Christian,nfd5752.02.15902.21.9-15
Baptist2170.81.32090.81.4+8
Pentecostal1960.70.72110.80.8-15
Buddhism1580.60.81770.70.7-19
Salvation Army1020.40.31220.40.4-20
Jehova's Witnesses990.30.3620.20.3+37
Lutheran920.30.91490.51.3-57
Seventh Day Adventist670.20.2630.20.2+4
Other Protestant550.20.3420.20.2+13
Greek Orthodox530.20.5530.20.50
Hinduism410.10.4310.10.2+10
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)360.10.1280.10.2+8
Spiritualism310.10.0230.10.0+8
Paganism290.10.1140.10.1+15
Wiccan/Witchcraft220.10.0200.10.0+2
Churches of Christ210.10.3220.10.4-1
Sikhism180.10.230.00.1+15
Islam160.10.7310.10.6-15
Other Christian120.00.1200.10.1-8
Other Non-Christian Religions110.00.0110.00.10
Other Eastern Orthodox100.00.0170.10.1-7
Other Nature Religions100.00.0180.10.0-8
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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
South Gippsland Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Religion totalsNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idChristian total14,15449.353.115,48056.962.7-1,326
map this data in atlas.idNon Christian total3461.22.53531.32.0-7
Non-classifiable religious belief
2020.70.62731.00.8-71
map this data in atlas.idNo religion11,02738.434.08,45631.125.4+2,571
Not stated
2,97210.49.82,6529.79.0+320

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% Christian,nfd, Regional VIC: 2.1% Baptist, Regional VIC: 1.3% Pentecostal, Regional VIC: 0.7% Buddhism, Regional VIC: 0.8% Salvation Army, Regional VIC: 0.3% Jehova's Witnesses, Regional VIC: 0.3% Western (Roman) Catholic, South Gippsland Shire: 17.4% Anglican, South Gippsland Shire: 16.1% Uniting Church, South Gippsland Shire: 7.2% Presbyterian and Reformed, South Gippsland Shire: 3.2% Christian,nfd, South Gippsland Shire: 2.0% Baptist, South Gippsland Shire: 0.8% Pentecostal, South Gippsland Shire: 0.7% Buddhism, South Gippsland Shire: 0.6% Salvation Army, South Gippsland Shire: 0.4% Jehova's Witnesses, South Gippsland Shire: 0.3%
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, South Gippsland Shire: -20 Anglican, South Gippsland Shire: -546 Uniting Church, South Gippsland Shire: -531 Presbyterian and Reformed, South Gippsland Shire: -160 Christian,nfd, South Gippsland Shire: -15 Baptist, South Gippsland Shire: +8 Pentecostal, South Gippsland Shire: -15 Buddhism, South Gippsland Shire: -19 Salvation Army, South Gippsland Shire: -20 Jehova's Witnesses, South Gippsland Shire: +37
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 South Gippsland Shire in 2016 compared to Regional VIC shows that there was a lower proportion of people who professed a religion and a higher proportion who stated they had no religion.

Overall, 50.5% of the population nominated a religion, and 38.4% said they had no religion, compared with 55.6% and 34.0% respectively for Regional VIC.

The largest single religion in South Gippsland Shire was Western (Roman) Catholic, with 17.4% of the population or 4,989 people as adherents.

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

  • A larger percentage who nominated Anglican (16.1% compared to 13.3%)
  • A smaller percentage who nominated Western (Roman) Catholic (17.4% compared to 22.7%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Anglican (-546 persons)
  • Uniting Church (-531 persons)
  • Presbyterian and Reformed (-160 persons)
  • Lutheran (-57 persons)
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