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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There have been no changes to the broad, narrow or religious groups of the classification.

There have been changes to the coding index, including:
  • three religious groups have been added to the published index
  • four religious groups have been deleted from the published index
  • two religious groups have been renamed and a misspelling in the previous edition has been corrected.

These changes are detailed below.

Published coding index changes

The following entities have been added to the index due to growth. There was growth in these entities according to external research and 2006 Census data.

2499Pentecostal City Life Church
2404Pentecostal Christian City Church

The following entities have been deleted from the published coding index. They were deleted based on stakeholder consultation and low counts in the 2006 Census.

2311Berith Sabbatarian
2311Bible Christian Sabbatarian
2311Church of God Adventist
2311Steam Dead Ahead

Religious groups renamed

Two groups have been renamed throughout the classification.
  • The Sabians (Christians of St John the Baptist), also known as the Mandeans and coded to 6999 Religious Groups nec, have been renamed Mandaeans.
  • The Latter Day Saints (Mormons), coded to 215 Latter Day Saints, have been amended to Latter-day Saints.

The misspelling of the Urantia Book Study Group (coded to 6999 under Religious Groups nec) has been corrected.


Correspondence tables are available if users need to convert data from the second edition/second edition Revision 1 to the old first edition ASCRG.

Revision 1 of the Second edition did not result in any changes to the classification structure. So a correspondence is not required between the Second edition and the Second edition Revision 1. Consequently the Second edition and Second edition Revision 1 correspondences to the First edition are identical. Correspondences to the First edition are provided in the ASCRG data cube.

The correspondence table is reasonably straightforward because, in most cases, the base-level units of the editions of the classification (religious groups) retain a one-to-one relationship. The correspondence table itemises the code linkages between the religions, details the links between the broad groups and the narrow groups, and indicates the movement of particular religions between religion groups in the two structures.

In some instances, there is not a direct relationship between the religions or religion groupings of the structures of the two editions. Partial linkages at both the religion and religion group level are indicated by including the word 'part' after the name of the religion or religion group concerned.