Religious Affiliation identifies the religious beliefs and practices to which a person adheres or the religious group to which they belong. This variable is used to assess the religious composition of the Australian community.
Data relating to this variable are useful to religious organisations in planning their services to members, and in social research where it is one of the variables which can aid in indicating a person's cultural background. The others are Country of Birth, and the language variables: First Language Spoken, Main Language Spoken at Home and Main Language Other Than English Spoken at Home.
The variable Religious Affiliation is one of the standard set of indicators used to measure cultural and linguistic diversity. Its implementation in administrative and service settings enables provision of relevant data to assess, measure and monitor service needs. .