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AUSTRALIAN FACTS AND FIGURES

Religions in Australia

The Australian Constitution states that . . .
Section 116  The Commonwealth shall not make any law for establishing any religion, or for imposing any religious observance, or for prohibiting the free exercise of any religion, and no religious test shall be required as a qualification for any office or public trust under the Commonwealth.

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Although Australia is considered a Christian country, there are a variety of religions that can be found here. The question about a person's religious affiliation has been asked on every census taken in Australia. Since 1933 the answer has been specifically stated as voluntary.

In 1971 the choice of "if no religion, write none" was introduced. As a result, there was a seven-fold increase over the previous census in people stating "none".

Religious Affiliations in Australia

  2006    2001    2006 2001 
  Total Christian 63.9% 68.0% 12,685,829 12,764,342 
 ... Roman Catholic 25.8% 26.6% 5,126,884 5,001,624 
 ... Anglican 18.7% 20.7% 3,718,250 3,881,162 
 ... Uniting Church in Australia 5.7% 6.7% 1,135,423 1,248,674 
 ... Presbyterian and Reformed 3.0% 3.4% 596,668 637,530 
 ... Orthodox 2.7% 2.8% 544,162 529,444 
 ... Baptist 1.6% 1.6% 316,740 309,205 
 ... Lutheran 1.3% 1.3% 251,108 250,365 
 ... Pentecostal 1.1% 1.0% 219,689 194,592 
 ... Other Protestant 3.7% 3.6% 736,004 675,422 
 ... Oriental Orthodox 0.2% 0.2% 40,901 36,324 
  Buddhist 2.1% 1.9% 418,753 357,813 
  Muslim 1.7% 1.5% 340,397 281,578 
  Hindu 0.7% 0.5% 148,123 95,473 
  Jewish 0.5% 0.5% 113,876 98,125 
  Other Religions 1.2% 0.5% 242,848 92,369 
  No Religion 18.7% 15.5% 3,706,556 2,905,993 
  Unknown 11.2% 11.6% 2,223,959 2,187,688 
Total Population 100.0% 100.0% 19,855,293 18,769,249 

The Australian Bureau of Statistics Census Dictionary defines "No Religion" as a category of religion which has sub categories such as agnosticism, atheism, Humanism and rationalism.

Updated August 2011. You may notice that we show information from a variety of dates. We are unable to find the same type of information for more recent dates than what we show here. Note: This information is for entertainment purposes. We assume no liability resulting from any errors or omissions. Translation . . . we've done our best to bring you accurate information. For official facts and figures, please visit any of the many Australian government websites available such as the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

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