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This was done as a measure to shore up electoral support from Victoria's large Greek Australian community.A prominent group of Macedonians has existed in the Geelong area since the 1950s.
Macedonian migration had slowed by the 1980s only to restart in the early 1990s after the breakup of Yugoslavia.
36,749 Macedonian-born Australian residents declared they were Christian, and 2,161 stated they were Muslim.
In 2001 there were a total of 53,249 adherents to the Macedonian Orthodox Church.
Of the total number who claimed Macedonian ancestry in 2001 39,244 or 47.9% were born in the Republic of Macedonia, 35,805 or 43.7% were born in Australia, 2,919 or 3.6% were born in Greece and roughly 5% were born elsewhere.
Most Macedonian Australians are of the Orthodox Christian faith, although there is a small number of Muslims and Methodists.