Religion Around Australia

The population of Australia increased at a faster rate between 2006 and 2011 than in the previous five years: by 8.3 per cent compared with 5.8 per cent. However, the growth in population varied significantly from one part of Australia to another. This variation in growth has had a significant impact on the religious change in each State.

the population of Australia increased at a faster rate between 2006 and 2011 than in the previous five years: by 8.3 per cent compared with 5.8 per cent. However, the growth in population varied significantly from one part of Australia to another. This variation in growth has had a significant impact on the religious change in each State. Here are some details of the two fastest growing States: Western Australia and Queensland.

Western Australia

The population of Western Australia grew by 14.7 per cent between 2006 and 2011.  Because of the overall growth in population, the number of Christians also grew in Western Australia more rapidly than in any other part of the country, with a growth of 12 per cent. Among the fastest growing groups were:

  • 37% among Pentecostals,
  • 28% among Baptists,
  • 27% among Seventh-day Adventists.
The Catholics, Anglicans and Lutherans also grew faster in Western Australia than in any other State:
  • 14% growth in Catholics,
  • 11% growth in Lutherans,
  • 9% growth in Eastern Orthodox
  • 5% growth in Anglicans.
Other religions also grew rapidly, especially Hinduism which grew by 158 per cent.
Queensland
Queensland saw the second highest growth in population with an increase of 11 per cent in the five years from 2006 to 2011.
Queensland has long had higher proportions of people identifying with Christian denominations than have the other States. In particular, larger proportions of Baptists, Pentecostals and Seventh-day Adventists live in Queensland than in any other State. However, growth rates were not as high in these denominations as in Western Australia. Between 2006 and 2011, Pentecostals, for example, grew by only 7 per cent. Baptists and Seventh-day Adventists grew by 17 per cent, Catholics by 10 per cent and Anglicans by 2 per cent.
For more details of the variation around the States, see https://www.cra.org.au/products-page/pointers/pointers-vol-22-3-for-downloading/

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