Demographic snapshot - Archdiocese of Brisbane

Demographic snapshot

An overview of the demographics of the Archdiocese of Brisbane.
Land area:
77,700 sq km
Cities (5):
  • Brisbane
  • Gold Coast
  • Ipswich
  • Logan
  • Redland Local Government
Authorities (17):
  • Brisbane City Council
  • Bundaberg Regional Council
  • Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council
  • Fraser Coast Regional Council
  • Gold Coast City Council
  • Gympie Regional Council
  • Ipswich City Council
  • Lockyer Valley Regional Council
  • Logan City Council
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council
  • Noosa Shire Council
  • North Burnett Regional Council
  • Redland City Council
  • Scenic Rim Regional Council
  • Somerset Regional Council
  • South Burnett Regional Council
  • Sunshine Coast Regional Council
Total population (ABS 2011):
Catholic population (ABS 2011):
Catholic percentage of total population:
Increase in Catholic population during 5 years 2006-2011:
Number of deaneries:
Number of parishes:
100 (Diocesan or Religious Order); 3 (Eastern Rite) ; 2 (Personal Ordinariate)
Number of diocesan clergy including those retired and in special ministries (Source: Australian Catholic Church Directory):
170 (94 active in parishes)
Number of permanent deacons:
Number of religious order priests, including those retired:
90 (approx 41 engaged in parish ministry)
Number of religious brothers:
112 (Source: Vicar for Religious Report 2013)
Number of religious sisters:
559 (Source: Vicar for Religious Report 2013)
Approx number of Catholics attending weekly Sunday Mass in 2011:
65,952 (Source: NCLS Sept-Nov 2011):
Rate of attendance in Brisbane Archdiocese:
9.2% (Source: NCLS Sept-Nov 2011):

The Pastoral Planning Support pages provide a demographic profile of Catholics in the Archdiocese of Brisbane, including information about population, age groupings, marital status, household types, family, religion, birthplace, income and expenditure.

This site also provides demographic profiles of parishes and deaneries. More information about the multicultural nature of the archdiocese can be found at Centre for Multicultural Pastoral Care website.

The ACBC Pastoral Research Office also has provided a report on Mass Attendance in Australia based upon the National Church Life Survey (NCLS) 2011. This survey is normally conducted every five years.

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