He said Catholics made up about one-quarter of the Australian population and accounted for more than 40 per cent of regular church attendees.
Catholic schools educate more than one-fifth of all Australia’s primary and secondary school-age students, and Catholic organisations, in aggregate, employ more people than any other non-government organisation.
Christ's faithful may freely establish and direct associations which serve charitable or pious purposes or which foster the Christian vocation in the world, and they may hold meetings to pursue these purposes by common effort.
Although the state and religious groups are maintained as separate entities, religious institutions continue to play a large role in Australian society. For example, many primary and secondary schools, hospitals, aged-care facilities and charity organisations are owned and funded by religious organisations.
Our founding purpose, inspired by Jesus Christ, Mission Australia exists to meet human need and to spread the knowledge of the love of God. Mission Australia’s founders were members of a broad range of Christian churches and we continue to be a non-denominational Christian charity, driven by our founding purpose and led by our values.
Community Engagement and Social Services.
Religious organizations are at the forefront of community engagement and social services in Australian society. They actively contribute to various charitable initiatives, providing support to vulnerable individuals and communities. These initiatives include food banks, homeless shelters, counseling services, and programs for refugees and migrants.
For 50 years, Catholic Social Services Australia has assisted and promoted better social policy for
the most disadvantaged people in Australian society. This continues a much longer tradition of
such engagement by the Catholic Church in Australia.