The Catholic Church in Australia is a rich and diverse tapestry of cultures and Peoples. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders form an important part of that richness and today we are sharing some statistics that provide context and further illuminate the contribution of Australia’s First Peoples to our Church.
– With 133,528 people identifying as Catholics in the 2016 Census, Australia’s First Peoples are a growing demographic in the Australian Catholic Church. Interestingly, 10.2% of our Catholics are aged under 5 (in comparison to 5.8% of the non-Indigenous population) and 45% are aged under 19.
– 98.5% of Catholics on Catholic Diocese of Townsville‘s Palm Island are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
– There are 728 Torres Strait Islander Catholics (69% of the Catholic population) on Catholic Diocese of Cairns’ Thursday Island
– Thanks to the https://ncpr.catholic.org.au/ for assisting us in compiling these statistics.