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2970.0.55.015 - 2001 Census of Population and Housing - Fact Sheet: Religious Affiliation, 2001  
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Classification of Pentecostal Religious Affiliation in the 2001 Census

The 2001 Census included an optional question on each person's Religious Affiliation. Answers to this question are classified according to the Australian Standard Classification of Religious Groups (ASCRG).

As a result of an oversight in 2001 Census processing, 75,220 responses to the question on Religious Affiliation have been included in the category '2000 Christian, n.f.d.' in the Religious Affiliation classification. These responses should correctly be included in the category '2400 Pentecostal, n.f.d.'. The 'Christian n.f.d.' category forms part of the group 'Other Christian' which appears in the Basic Community Profile (BCP), while 'Pentecostal n.f.d.' forms part of the 'Pentecostal' group in the BCP.

This misclassified data appears in the first release of the BCP (Cat. No. 2001.0), the publication Selected Social and Housing Characteristics, Australia, 2001 (Cat. No. 2015.0), the Classification Counts, as well as the first release of CDATA and Census Basics. The corrected data will be included in the second release of the BCP, Classification Counts, CDATA and Census Basics.

The table below shows the number of people in each State and Territory whose responses were coded to Christian, n.f.d. instead of Pentecostal, n.f.d., and the corrected totals for the Christian, n.f.d. and Pentecostal, n.f.d. categories, and the Pentecostal and Other Christian groups. Tables showing these counts for Statistical Local Areas and Collection Districts are attached below.


Number of affected responses, published and corrected totals for Religious Affiliations


Number of persons incorrectly coded to Religious Group 2000 Christian, n.f.d


Corrected total for 2000 Christian n.f.d.


Corrected total for 2400 Pentecostal n.f.d.


Corrected total for Other Christian(a)

Corrected total for Narrow Group 24 Pentecostal

New South Wales
24,130
72,074
44,036
81,768
57,006
Victoria
14,871
52,384
28,883
58,619
36,342
Queensland
19,427
56,620
35,305
67,948
56,266
South Australia
5,880
22,721
12,984
26,853
18,305
Western Australia
7,324
30,813
14,361
34,181
17,514
Tasmania
2,286
7,331
3,692
8,240
4,523
Northern Territory
552
2,103
1,221
2,343
1,948
Australian Capital Territory
750
5,377
2,105
5,937
2,683
Other Territories
0
37
5
37
5
Australia
75,220
249,460
142,592
285,926
194,592

(a) Comprises Narrow Group 200 Christian, n.f.d. and Narrow Group 29 Other Christian.


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