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DESPITE a scare campaign about Australia becoming a “Muslim country”, those ticking “no religion” in the Census has now overtaken the number of Catholics.

She said certain religious groups seemed to get automatic consideration in the public policy sphere and to enjoy a privileged position that wasn’t afforded to other large groups, such as the non-religious. For a print-friendly version, go to the Downloads tab at the top of the page.

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Of these 49.3% were male and 50.7% were female. Presbyterians were British (Scots or Northern Irish), went to state or private schools, and shared certain orientations.

In 2016 Census, the first box was for “no religion”. On this measure, Australia is among the most diverse. It means they just do not identify with a particular organised form of religion.

Islam (2.6 per cent) and Buddhism (2.4 per cent) were the next most common religions reported. “This includes policy on abortion, marriage equality, voluntary euthanasia, religious education in state schools and anything else where religious beliefs hold undue influence,” she said. To better understand the data needs in regard to religion, we encourage you to share your views. Religion, culture and formation used to be overlapping and reinforcing categories.

Reflecting the historical influence of European migration to Australia, Christianity was the most common religion reported in 2016 (52%). THE results of the Census are in and there are some surprising facts, including what Australians believe about religion. The census questions each household on age, gender, incomes, occupations, dwellings, transportation, ancestry, languages spoken, and religion, to help with future planning for the nation.

Among those groups attracting double-digit percentages of the population, there has been a continued rise of those declaring “no religion” to become the most numerous group (30.1%).

This saw a sevenfold increase from the previous census year in the percentage of Australians stating they had no religion. Catholics are at 22.6%, while Anglicans – who had been nudged out of the top spot in 1986 – have now slipped from a high of 41% in 1921 to third place at 13.3%. It’s the first time in Australia’s history the number of people who claim “no religion” has overtaken Catholics. The exercise was marred by cyber attacks which prompted the bureau to shut it down for almost two days. The religion question was controversial this year, with Australians warned not to mark “no religion” on the Census survey by those afraid the nation would become a “Muslim country”.

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