Australia’s Religious and Non-Religious Profiles: Analysis of the 2021 Census Data – PDF
By Philip Hughes
Australia’s Religious and Non-Religious Profiles: Analysis of the 2021 Census Data
The Australian Census provides us with a very detailed picture of religious identity. In the tables of data that are publicly available, 150 religious groups are identified. Details of the gender, age, birthplace, education, languages spoken, and a host of other information is available for all the people who identify with each of these groups. Information is also available about where these people live withing Australia, down to small sections of suburbs and tiny rural towns. This detailed data provides us with the basis for analysing in depth what is happening to religion in Australia at a level not available anywhere else in the world.
Philip Hughes is professor at Alphacrucis University College, and an honorary Research Fellow at the University of Divinity, the National Pastoral Research Centre and the Christian Research Association. For 31 years, he was the senior research officer with the Christian Research Association. He is ordained in the Uniting Church in Australia.