According to the Australian Bureau of statistics
Australian society in 1901
40% of the population being Church of England,
34% other Christian
1% professing non-Christian religions.
2001 Census question,
21% other Christian denominations
5% non-Christian religions.
Just over one-quarter of all Australians either stated that they had no religion, or did not adequately respond to the question.
Between 1996 and 2001,
Catholic affiliates increased by 4%
Baptist affiliates by 5%.
However, as the Australian population grew by 6% during this period this is not enough.
The most notable decreases in Christian affiliation occurred for Churches of Christ (decreasing by 18%), the
Uniting Church (decreasing by 7%), and
Presbyterian and Reformed (decreasing by 6%).
An increase was seen for Pentecostal affiliation, which increased by 11% between 1996 and 2001 (from 174,720).
A substantial increase, associated with immigration from South Eastern Europe, was also seen for the Orthodox Churches, with the number of Orthodox affiliates increasing by 7% (from 497,015).