The number of Australians identifying their religion as Assyrian Apostolic, Church of Latter-day Saints, Oriental Orthodox, “other Protestant” and Christian of no fixed denomination also increased between 2006 and 2011, and again between 2011 and 2016.
But across all denominations, the total number of self-identified Christians has fallen from 13.1m (61%) to 12.2m (52%) in the past five years, with nearly 600,000 fewer Anglicans and nearly 147,500 fewer Catholics reported in 2016 compared with 2011. In the 1911 census, 96% of Australians recorded themselves as Christian.
Last year’s census paints a picture of an Australia that is simultaneously less religious and more religiously diverse, in part because of increased migration from non-European countries.
For the first time, the number of people who identified as secular (30%) eclipsed the number who identified as any particular religion.
Australia’s rapidly-changing population is more godless, more Asian and far less likely to own a home outright, the results of the 2016 census show.