Hinduism has now become the fastest growing religion in Australia in a span of last 25 years, increasing from 0.3% in 1991 census to 1.9% of the population in 2016 census, numbering at 440,300.
According to information from Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) press release, sourced from 2016 census and dated June 27; “No Religion” is now the largest group in Australia at 30.1% of the population, followed by Catholics at 22.6% and Anglicans at 13.3%. Young adults (aged 18-34 years) were more likely to report not having a religion. Men were more likely than women to say they had no religion. Tasmania had the highest proportion of people (38.2%) stating that they did not have a religion. In short, Atheism is now the top belief while Catholics remain strong.
On June 27 at seven pm, the resident population of Australia was projected to be 24,570,122, where there is overall total population increase of one person every one minute and 23 seconds.
Meanwhile, distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA), congratulated the Hindu community in Australia. Hinduism had the most significant growth between 2006 and 2016, driven by immigration from South Asia.
Hinduism is the oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about 1.1 billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.
While Hindus are the fastest growing, the largest share of the non-Christian group belongs to Muslims, who are 2.6 % of the Australian population.
The number of Muslims climbed 27 % to 604,240. Interestingly enough, around 25% of Muslims in Australia who were born overseas are from either Pakistan or Afghanistan.
Of the overseas-born population in 2016:
47% were Christians
6.5% were Buddhist
6.0% were Islamic
5.8% were Hindu
1.6% were Sikh
27% did not have a religion.
ABS, Australia’s national statistical agency, whose Vision is “Unleashing the power of statistics for a better Australia”, was established as a Statutory Authority in the Australian Bureau of Statistics Act 1975; although statistics were collected by each state in 1901. Headquartered in Canberra, it is headed by the Australian Statistician David W. Kalisch.
Hinduism is seeing a surge driven by an increase in understanding of its philosophy.