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Australian clergy responses to domestic and family violence

Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) is a serious and widespread problem in Australia, including communities of faith.

Tearfund Climate Report

An invitation to a new conversation about climate change

Tearfund has released the landmark report They Shall Inherit the Earth, based on NCLS Research's comprehensive studies of Australian Christians’ attitudes towards climate change.

Webinar: What Australians really think about Jesus and the church today

Free webinar. Register your interest today!

Did Jesus exist? What do Australians think? Join our free webinar to gain in-depth insights about the views of Australians on Jesus and the Christian Church, from our latest Australian Community Survey.

2021 NCLS Summary Profiles out now

First results for churches who took part in the 2021 NCLS

The first release of results is available for participating churches from April 2022. The Summary Profile contains highlights of a church's survey results. Local churches can view their Summary Profile using their Profile Number online.


First results from the 2021 NCLS have been released to churches.

Summary Profiles are out now!


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Research Findings


What do Australians think about climate change?

In recent times, across all our States, Australians have experienced extremes of weather, with raging bushfires followed by ‘unprecedented’ flooding events that continue to set new records. Is this cycle of natural disaster part of a natural variation or is climate change happening? What do Australians believe?

Rating effectiveness and stress in leaders

With a gap between leaders’ aspirations and the reality of day to day ministry roles, along with the challenges and demands of ministry in general, how do leaders feel they are going?

Spiritual practices valued by Australians in times of crisis

The personal wellbeing of Australians has been challenged by ongoing crises in the past few years, including bushfires, floods and the COVID-19 global pandemic. In the 2021 Australian Community Survey (2021 ACS) we investigated Australians' views on spirituality and its role in supporting a person's wellbeing during crisis.

Was Jesus real? Did he rise from the dead? This is what Australians think.

Easter is a major event in the Christian calendar, a time when many Christians remember and celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Historians generally agree that Jesus was a real person who actually lived, but what do Australians think? Almost half of Australians view Jesus as a real person and four in ten say they believe in the story of his resurrection in some way.


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