National Church Life Survey (NCLS)
Website link to: NCLS Research
Over 355 Catholic parishes took part in the 2016 National Church Life Survey, along with parishes and congregations from around 20 other Christian denominations. Of these, 193 parishes were part of a national random sample, selected so as to ensure there was a representative sample of parishes from each diocese.
To view the overall Catholic results, click on the link below:
Special Report 1
In the 2016 NCLS, the National Liturgical Council commissioned two questions that appeared in questionnaires completed by 2,591 Mass attenders. These attenders were from the 193 Catholic parishes that made up the national random sample. Since the national random sample is statistically representative of all Catholic Church attenders in Australia, the findings of the survey can confidently be regarded as applying, with a high level of probability, to the whole Church in Australia.
The National Centre for Pastoral Research prepared a report on the results of the survey for the National Liturgical Council in May 2018. This report can be accessed at this link: Mass Attenders’ attitudes to the English translation of the Mass: A Report to the National Liturgical Council on questions included in the 2016 National Church Life Survey.
Special Report 2
Mass Attenders’ experiences of possible barriers to women and leadership roles in the Church: A Report to the Office for the Participation of Women on questions included in the 2016 National Church Life Survey.
Special Report 3
Special Report 4
Special Report 5
Special Report 6
Special Report 7
Special Report 8
Special Report 9
Special Report 10
Special Report 11
Special Report 12
Over 200 Catholic parishes took part in the 2011 NCLS, along with parishes and congregations from around 22 other Christian denominations. To view the overall Catholic results, click on the link below:
Over 300 Catholic parishes took part in the 2006 NCLS, along with parishes and congregations from around 20 other Christian denominations. To view the overall Catholic results, click on the link below:
NCLS Research has created a series of Topic Papers for the Catholic Church in Australia based on results from the 2006 survey. Click on the link below to view each topic.