1266.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Religious Groups, 2011  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 28/07/2011   
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We did the review to:
  • ensure the classification was up-to-date
  • capture changes in the religious profile of Australia, enabling improvements to the classification in terms of religious groups covered
  • correct any errors in the classification
  • improve the coding index used to code responses to religious groups.

This was a minor review. There was no analysis of the conceptual model underpinning the classification. There was no review at the broad group level. There was no evidence to suggest that a more comprehensive review was necessary.


Statistical analysis

We analysed responses to the 2006 census religion question to identify:
  • new religious groups
  • religious groups whose number of affiliated persons had significantly increased
  • religious groups whose number of affiliated persons had significantly declined.

Religions within 'not elsewhere classified' categories (which recorded over 1,000 responses) were assessed for inclusion as new religious groups of the classification.

External research

We did extensive external research to:
  • confirm the appropriate terminology to be used for categories in the classification
  • supplement the Census data and stakeholder comments
  • assess the accuracy of coding of religions.

Stakeholder consultation

We consulted with a range of users, stakeholders, and experts in the field. We analysed their feedback along with other source material. The results were included in a revised draft. We did further consultation to ensure our information was accurate and comprehensive before making changes.

Stakeholders were generally satisfied with the classification. There were only minor changes requested and recommended for inclusion.