The Australian Census data for 2011 was released at 11.30 am on Thursday 21st June 2012. Out of 21.7 million Australians, 13.2 million identified themselves as Christian. This was higher than the number who identified themselves as Christians in the 2006 Census, although representing a slightly smaller percentage of the population: 61 per cent (2011) compared with 64 per cent (2006).
The number who identified with other religions was 1.7 million. This represented an increase from 2006, which Hinduism the fastest growing religion in Australia. Australia has become a little more ‘multi-faith’, reflecting that many recent immigrants have come to Australia from South Asia.
The number indicating that they had ‘no religion’ was up from 3.7 million in 2006 to 4.8 million in 2011. This represents an increase from 19 to 22 per cent of the Australian population. Most of this increase has come from people who did not answer the question in 2006, but who indicated they had no religion in 2011. The religion question has always been optional. However, the percentage not responding to it has fallen from 11 to 8 per cent of the population.