More than 60 percent of Australians identify themselves as Christian; the majority of Christians in Australia are Roman Catholics. Like the United States, Australia does not have an official national religion. Freedom of religion is an important value to many Australians.
A very small percentage of Australia's population follows religions other than Christianity while nearly a fifth of Australians do not practice any type of religion, nor do they identify themselves with any type of religion. While only a very small percentage of Australia's population practices non-Christian religions, Hinduism is actually the fastest growing religion in Australia. Practitioners of Hinduism in Australia have grown by more than 50 percent since 2002.