Christianity down, Hinduism up, 2011 Census shows
BY: PATRICIA KARVELAS From: The Australian June 21, 2012 12:21PM
Increase Text Size
Decrease Text Size
MORE Australians than ever are identifying as having no religious affiliation, the 2011 Census shows.
Christianity remained the most commonly reported religion in Australia, with 61.1 per cent of the population in 2011 - a decline from 63.9 per cent in 2006.
But the number of people reporting no religion increased significantly from 18.7 per cent in 2006 to 22.3 per cent in 2011.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics reported that the most common non-Christian religions in 2011 were Buddhism (2.5 per cent of the population), Islam (2.2 per cent) and Hinduism (1.3 per cent).
"Of these, Hinduism had experienced the fastest growth since 2006, increasing from 148,130 to 275,534, followed by Islam from 340,394 to 476,291 and Buddhism from 418,749 to 528,977," the Census reported.