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The growth of two religions having roots in India has been phenomenal in Australia during the recent years.
Sikhism, the youngest religion founded in India and Hinduism, an ancient Indian religion, are the fastest growing religions in Australia, growing 500 per cent and 300 per cent respectively in the last ten years.
While Hinduism grew from 0.3 per cent of the total population in 1991 to 1.9 per cent (440,300) in 2016, the growth of Sikhism has been even swifter.
The religion grew over 500 per cent in since the 2006 census when it was just 0.1 per cent of the total population.
The 2016 Census result has revealed it's growth to 129,900, which is 0.5 per cent of the total population.
The 2011 Census recorded 72,296 Sikhs in Australia, 0.3 per cent of the total population.
On the night of Census, 23,401,892 people were counted which is 8.8 per cent up from the last Census in 2011. The total population of Australia in 1991 was 16.77 million.
During the last five years, Australia has added 1.3 million new migrants who call Australia their home. Though these migrants come from 180 countries but with China (191,000) and India (163,000) being the most common countries of birth of our new arrivals.
The number of people born in India has grown to 455,389, 1.9 per cent of the population from 295,389 (1.4 per cent of the population) in 2011.
Though Christianity remaining the most common religion (52 per cent of the population), the number of people who chose “no religion” is on the rise with nearly a third of Australians expressing this. 30% of all Australians exercised this option compared to 22 per cent in the last Census.
Islam (2.6 per cent) and Buddhism (2.4 per cent) were the next most common religions reported.
Watch this space for community specific Census results.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article stated that it was Hinduism, not Sikhism that was the fastest growing religion, having grown at a rate of 500 per cent over the past 25 years. This has since been modified to reflect the accurate figures via the ABS 2016 Census data.