Religion in Australia 2011



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Australia is a predominately Christian country with the majority of Christians being from the Protestant faiths. The 2011 Australian Census shows these highlights

  • 35.80% of the Australian population is Protestant Christian but NOT Catholic
  • 25.30% of the Australian population is Catholic
  • 2.50% of the Australian population is Buddhism
  • 2.20% of the Australian population is Islam (Muslim)

The chart below shows the actual numbers for the main recorded religions and is shown in THREE groups: Christian (61.1%), Non Christian (7.2%) and No Religion (22.3%).

Percentage
Religious Affiliations
Number
61.10% Christian 13,150,600
25.30% Catholic 5,439,200
17.10% Anglican 3,680,000
5.00% Uniting Church 1,065,800
2.80% Presbyterian and Reformed 599,500
2.60% Eastern Orthodox 563,100
1.60% Baptist 352,500
1.20% Lutheran 251,900
1.10% Pentecostal 238,000
4.50% Other Christian 960,700
7.20% Non-Christian 1,546,300
2.50% Buddhism 529,000
2.20% Islam 476,300
1.30% Hinduism 275,500
0.50% Judaism 97,300
0.80% Other non-Christian 168,200
22.30% No Religion 4,796,800
9.40% No Answer 2,014,000
100.00% Total 21,507,700

The source for these figures is: 2071.0 – Reflecting a Nation: Stories from the 2011 Census, 2012 ??2013 www.abs.gov.au

Figures from the census are a guide rather than pure accuracy, as can be shown by the increase from 58,053 in the 2006 census, up to 65,000 (0.3%) in the 2011 census of the Jedi religion. These numbers were re-classified as ‘not defined/No answer’ due to this religion being taken from the Star Wars Science Fiction movie, and not a real religion.

The Jedi’s could overtake the Judaism faith very quickly and probably overtake the Islam faith at some stage…


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