Catholic Church one of the Biggest Employers in Australia,
survey shows


strictly businessA  new report just released by the Australian Catholic Council of Employment Relations (ACCER) has found the Catholic Church to be one of Australia’s largest employers, boasting a workforce of more than 220,000 people.

The reportOur Work Matters: Catholic Church employers and employees in Australia examines, for the first time, the size and composition of the Catholic workforce in Australia.

Conducted by the Pastoral Research Office (PRO) of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC), the survey compiled employment data for around 99.5% of Australia’s Catholic agencies and organisations.

It reveals that more people work for the Catholic Church than for Woolworths, or the big four banks combined.

This is confirmation of the vast contribution the Catholic workforce makes to Australian society.

The report reveals the Catholic Church plays a unique and important role in Australia’s workforce, bringing to life the notions of common good, human dignity and solidarity through its people and organisations.

The 'Our Work Matters' report found:
·       The Church employs 1.8% of the more than 12 million employed persons in Australia
·       More than three-quarters (77.3%) of the Church’s employees are women
·       84% of the Catholic workforce is in Education, Health and Aged Care services
From birth to burial - Catholic organisations are serving, caring for and helping Australians through all of life’s key moments.
This report points to the enormous cultural and social impact Church-inspired employment has had, and will continue to have, on Australian society.

Tony Farley
Acting Chair of Australian Catholic Council of Employment Relations
& Executive Director of the Catholic Commission for Employment Relations