National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council
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.
Some highlights:
– 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.
Archdiocese of Brisbane is home to 15,403 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholics – the most in any Diocese. Supporting Murri Ministry
Catholic Diocese of Darwin‘s Wadeye Parish has the most First Nation’s Catholics, followed by Catholic Diocese of Bathurst‘s Dubbo and Broome’s Our Lady Queen of Peace Cathedral
– 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 for assisting us in compiling these statistics.