ABS | CENSUS | Religion in Australia 2016

[Edited extract from public address]

Religious beliefs are an important aspect of many people’s lives. Information about the religious affiliation of Australians has been collected since the first Census in 1911.

Type of Religion
Reflecting the historical influence of European migration to Australia, Christianity was the most common religion reported in 2016 (52%). Islam (2.6%) and Buddhism (2.4%) were the next most common religions reported.

Nearly a third of Australians reported in the Census that they had no religion in 2016 (30%). 'No religion' is equivalent to 'Secular Beliefs and Other Spiritual Beliefs and No Religious Affiliation'.

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