Comparing Australian Church Attenders by Country of Birth

Results from the 2016 National Church Life Survey

Of the 36 % of church attenders in 2016 who were born overseas, 27% were born in a non-English speaking country (up from 18% in 2006).  Some 9% of attenders were born in another country where English is the main language.

The large majority of churchgoers (64%) were born in Australia.

Compared to the wider Australian population the percentage of churchgoers born in a non-English speaking country (27%) is higher than the national population (22%) in 2016.

Ruth Powell, Miriam Pepper, Kathy Jacka
Data Sources:

Publication date: March 2018

Powell, R., Pepper, M., Hancock, N. and Sterland, S. (2017) 2016 NCLS Attender Survey [Data file]. Sydney: NCLS Research. 2016 Census of Population and Housing, Australian Bureau of Statistics.

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