Country: Australia

Number of People Groups

163

People Groups Unreached

20

Total Population

22,990,000

Unreached Population

677,000

% Christian Adherent

66.2%

% Evangelical

14.3 %

Largest Religion

Official Language

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Photo People Group Population Progress
Scale
Primary Language Primary Religion %
Christian
%
Evangelical
Indigenous
 Aborigine Creole 13,000 Kriol Christianity 90.0 % 30.0 %
Aborigine Creole, Northern 2,300 Kriol Christianity 90.0 % 30.0 %
Aborigine, Detribalized 477,000 English Christianity 80.0 % 22.0 %
Aborigine, Southwest 9,200 English Christianity 95.0 % 27.0 %
Afghan, general 24,000 Pashto, Southern Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Afrikaner 44,000 Afrikaans Christianity 94.0 % 45.0 %
Albanian, general 35,000 Albanian, Tosk Christianity 45.0 % 0.6 %
Alyawarra 1,800 Alyawarr Christianity 90.0 % 40.0 %
 Americans, U.S. 73,000 English Christianity 87.0 % 31.0 %
Andilyaugwa 1,600 Anindilyakwa Christianity 70.0 % 40.0 %
 Anglo-Australian 16,475,000 English Christianity 69.5 % 16.0 %
 Anglo-New Zealander 536,000 English Christianity 65.0 % 21.0 %
Anglo-South African 66,000 English Christianity 85.0 % 18.0 %
Anmatjirra 1,100 Anmatyerre Christianity 70.0 % 25.0 %
 Arab, Egyptian 44,000 Arabic, Egyptian Spoken Islam 30.0 % 4.0 %
 Arab, general 63,000 Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken Islam 0.5 % 0.3 %
 Arab, Iraqi 45,000 Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken Islam 4.0 % 1.0 %
 Arab, Sudanese 33,000 Arabic, Sudanese Spoken Islam 11.0 % 0.5 %
Arab, Syro-Lebanese 97,000 Arabic, South Levantine Spoken Islam 36.0 % 1.3 %
Aranda, Western 1,500 Arrarnta, Western Christianity 70.0 % 12.0 %
 Armenian 40,000 Armenian Christianity 90.0 % 30.6 %
Arrernte, Eastern 2,700 Arrernte, Eastern E Ethnic Religions 40.0 % 2.0 %
 Assyrian 29,000 Assyrian Neo-Aramaic Christianity 88.0 % 4.0 %
Austrian, Bavarian 23,000 Bavarian Christianity 85.0 % 0.3 %
Baadi, Bard 200 Bardi E Ethnic Religions 40.0 % 10.0 %
 Basque Unknown Basque Christianity 84.0 % 0.3 %
 Belarusian 5,700 Belarusan Christianity 67.0 % 3.8 %
 Bosniak 31,000 Bosnian Islam 0.5 % 0.3 %
 British 1,296,000 English Christianity 72.0 % 9.0 %
 Bulgarian 11,000 Bulgarian Christianity 72.0 % 1.1 %
Burera 1,200 Burarra Christianity 55.0 % 21.0 %
 Canadians, English-Speaking 37,000 English Christianity 78.0 % 10.0 %
 Chilean 30,000 Spanish Christianity 85.0 % 17.0 %
 Cocos Islander, Kukus 1,200 Malay, Cocos Islands Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
Creoles 22,000 Morisyen Christianity 51.0 % 18.0 %
 Croat 64,000 Croatian Christianity 91.0 % 0.7 %
Cypriots, Greek 24,000 Greek Christianity 93.0 % 0.7 %
 Czech 21,000 Czech Non-Religious 28.0 % 0.9 %
Deaf Unknown Australian Sign Language Christianity 70.0 % 0.0 %
Detribalized, PNG 30,000 Tok Pisin Christianity 96.0 % 20.0 %
Dhangu 300 Djangu E Ethnic Religions 35.0 % 20.0 %
Dhuwaya 700 Dhuwal Christianity 50.0 % 10.0 %
 Djambarrapuyngu 700 Djambarrpuyngu E Ethnic Religions 25.0 % 25.0 %
Djeebbana, Gunavidji 300 Djeebbana Christianity 50.0 % 10.0 %
Djinang 300 Djinang E Ethnic Religions 30.0 % 20.0 %
Djinba Unknown Djinba E Ethnic Religions 30.0 % 10.0 %
 Dutch 98,000 Dutch Non-Religious 44.0 % 3.9 %
 Estonian 1,400 Estonian, Standard Non-Religious 45.0 % 5.0 %
 Fijian 66,000 Fijian Christianity 99.0 % 28.0 %
 Filipino, Tagalog 152,000 Tagalog Christianity 98.0 % 14.0 %
Finnish 9,800 Finnish Christianity 87.0 % 12.0 %
 French 23,000 French Christianity 76.0 % 0.5 %
Gaididj, Kaytetye 200 Kaytetye E Ethnic Religions 45.0 % 45.0 %
Garawa 100 Garrwa E Ethnic Religions 40.0 % 15.0 %
 German 129,000 German, Standard Christianity 78.0 % 8.0 %
 Greek 141,000 Greek Christianity 95.0 % 1.2 %
Gugu-Yimidjir 1,800 Kriol Christianity 70.0 % 2.0 %
Guguyimidjir 800 Guguyimidjir E Ethnic Religions 35.0 % 6.0 %
 Gumatj 300 Gumatj E Ethnic Religions 20.0 % 10.0 %
Gunwinggu 1,800 Gunwinggu Christianity 70.0 % 20.0 %
Gupapuyngu, Gobabingo 400 Gupapuyngu Christianity 65.0 % 15.0 %
Gurinji 700 Gurinji E Ethnic Religions 40.0 % 20.0 %
 Gypsy, Anglo-Romani 5,800 Angloromani Christianity 80.0 % 10.0 %
 Han Chinese, Cantonese 86,000 Chinese, Yue Non-Religious 19.0 % 12.4 %
 Han Chinese, Hakka 12,000 Chinese, Hakka Buddhism 12.0 % 12.0 %
 Han Chinese, Mandarin 246,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 12.0 % 12.0 %
 Hazara 15,000 Hazaragi Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Hmong Njua 2,000 Hmong Njua E Ethnic Religions 4.0 % 2.0 %
 Hungarian 26,000 Hungarian Christianity 85.0 % 10.0 %
 Indonesian 76,000 Indonesian Islam 8.0 % 4.0 %
Irish 65,000 English Christianity 93.0 % 28.2 %
Irish Traveller, Shelta 7,000 Shelta Christianity 90.0 % 10.0 %
 Italian 248,000 Italian Christianity 78.0 % 1.2 %
Iwaidja, Ibadjo 200 Iwaidja E Ethnic Religions 7.0 % 7.0 %
 Japanese 33,000 Japanese Buddhism 5.0 % 1.6 %
Jaru 400 Jaru E Ethnic Religions 14.9 % 6.0 %
 Javanese 12,000 Javanese Islam 14.0 % 7.0 %
 Jew 109,000 English E Ethnic Religions 1.0 % 0.0 %
 Khmer, Central 32,000 Khmer, Central Buddhism 5.0 % 1.4 %
Kitja 200 Kitja E Ethnic Religions 45.0 % 45.0 %
 Korean 55,000 Korean Christianity 55.0 % 25.0 %
Kugu-Muminh Unknown Kuku-Muminh Christianity 60.0 % 10.0 %
Kugu-Uwanh Unknown Kuku-Uwanh Christianity 60.0 % 10.0 %
Kukatja 500 Kukatja E Ethnic Religions 40.0 % 2.0 %
 Kuku-Yalanji 400 Kuku-Yalanji Christianity 50.0 % 20.0 %
Kunbarlang Unknown Kunbarlang E Ethnic Religions 30.0 % 30.0 %
Kunjen 400 Kunjen Christianity 60.0 % 40.0 %
 Kurd, Kurmanji 4,100 Kurdish, Northern Islam 1.0 % 0.7 %
Kuuku-Yau Unknown Kuuku-Ya'u Christianity 50.0 % 50.0 %
 Lao 11,000 Lao Buddhism 3.5 % 1.9 %
Latvian 8,300 Latvian, Standard Christianity 99.0 % 50.0 %
 Lithuanian 12,000 English Christianity 80.0 % 1.3 %
Mabuiag 1,200 Kala Lagaw Ya Christianity 67.0 % 30.0 %
 Macedonian 55,000 Macedonian Christianity 91.0 % 0.5 %
 Malay 117,000 Malay Islam 0.3 % 0.3 %
 Maltese 55,000 Maltese Christianity 100.0 % 0.5 %
 Mandaean 3,700 Mandaic O Other / Small 0.0 % 0.0 %
Mangarai Unknown Mangarayi E Ethnic Religions 40.0 % 10.0 %
 Maori 40,000 Maori Christianity 70.0 % 26.0 %
Maridjabin Unknown Maridjabin Christianity 51.0 % 10.0 %
Maringarr Unknown Maringarr Christianity 51.0 % 10.0 %
 Martu Wangka 1,000 Martu Wangka Christianity 60.0 % 30.0 %
Maung, Managari 300 Maung Christianity 70.0 % 20.0 %
Miriam, Mer 200 Meriam Christianity 67.0 % 30.0 %
Murinbata 1,800 Murrinh-Patha Christianity 75.0 % 5.0 %
Nakara, Nakkara Unknown Nakara E Ethnic Religions 40.0 % 10.0 %
Nangikurrunggurr 200 Ngan'gityemerri E Ethnic Religions 40.0 % 1.0 %
Neo-Melanesian Papuan 26,000 Tok Pisin Christianity 95.0 % 25.0 %
Ngalkbun Unknown Dalabon E Ethnic Religions 7.0 % 4.0 %
Ngarinman, Hainman 400 Ngarinman E Ethnic Religions 16.0 % 7.0 %
Ngarinyin Unknown Ngarinyin Christianity 60.0 % 25.0 %
Ngarluma 100 English Christianity 60.0 % 5.0 %
Nunggubuyu 1,000 English Christianity 70.0 % 25.0 %
Nyanganyatjara 1,100 Ngaanyatjarra Christianity 60.0 % 20.0 %
Nyangumarda 400 Nyangumarta Christianity 75.0 % 30.0 %
Nyigina 100 English E Ethnic Religions 40.0 % 10.0 %
Panytyima 100 Panytyima E Ethnic Religions 30.0 % 10.0 %
 Persian 29,000 Persian, Iranian Islam 0.8 % 0.7 %
Pintiini 400 Pintiini Christianity 70.0 % 35.0 %
Pintupi, Bindubi 1,200 English Christianity 72.0 % 5.0 %
 Pintupi-Luritja 500 Pintupi-Luritja Christianity 60.0 % 18.0 %
Pitcairner 600 English Christianity 95.0 % 37.5 %
Pitjantjatjara 3,500 Pitjantjatjara Christianity 100.0 % 40.0 %
 Polish 67,000 Polish Christianity 90.0 % 0.3 %
 Portuguese 20,000 Portuguese Christianity 96.0 % 3.0 %
 Pukapuka 1,300 Pukapuka Christianity 90.0 % 12.7 %
Rabaul Creole German 100 Unserdeutsch Christianity 95.0 % 11.0 %
Rembarrnga Unknown Rembarunga E Ethnic Religions 40.0 % 25.0 %
Ritarungo, Ridarngo Unknown Ritarungo E Ethnic Religions 45.0 % 35.0 %
 Romani, Balkan 6,600 Romani, Balkan Christianity 60.0 % 2.0 %
 Romanian 12,000 Romanian Christianity 84.0 % 7.0 %
 Russian 24,000 Russian Christianity 65.0 % 2.0 %
 Samoan 20,000 Samoan Christianity 98.0 % 18.0 %
 Serb 77,000 Serbian Christianity 80.9 % 0.3 %
 Sinhalese 80,000 Sinhala Buddhism 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Slovak 5,800 Slovak Christianity 74.0 % 28.0 %
Slovene 4,900 Slovene Christianity 87.0 % 1.0 %
 South Asian, general 379,000 English Hinduism 10.0 % 3.0 %
 Spaniard, general 112,000 Spanish Christianity 93.5 % 4.0 %
Thaayoore, Taior 600 Thayore E Ethnic Religions 10.0 % 10.0 %
 Thai, Central 37,000 Thai Buddhism 0.8 % 0.3 %
 Tiwi 2,000 Tiwi Christianity 75.0 % 12.0 %
Tongan 12,000 Tongan Christianity 94.0 % 22.0 %
Torres Strait Islander 6,800 Torres Strait Creole Christianity 70.0 % 25.0 %
 Turk 42,000 Turkish Islam 0.2 % 0.2 %
 Ukrainian 17,000 Ukrainian Christianity 75.7 % 3.0 %
 Uyghur 400 Uyghur Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Uzbek, Northern 200 Uzbek, Northern Islam 0.0 % 0.0 %
 Vietnamese 203,000 Vietnamese Buddhism 22.0 % 2.0 %
 Walmatjari, Walmajiri 600 Walmajarri Christianity 65.0 % 25.0 %
Wardaman 100 Wardaman Christianity 70.0 % 20.0 %
Warlmanpa Unknown Warlmanpa Christianity 70.0 % 10.0 %
Warlpiri 3,400 Warlpiri Christianity 70.0 % 40.0 %
Warumungu 400 Warumungu E Ethnic Religions 9.0 % 3.5 %
Watjari, Wadjeri 200 English E Ethnic Religions 10.0 % 10.0 %
 Welsh 42,000 Welsh Christianity 62.0 % 9.0 %
Wik-Iiyanh Unknown Wik-Iiyanh E Ethnic Religions 30.0 % 20.0 %
Wik-Munkan 1,200 Wik-Mungkan Christianity 70.0 % 30.0 %
Wik-Ngathana 200 Wik-Ngathana Christianity 70.0 % 30.0 %
Worora Unknown Worrorra Christianity 70.0 % 25.0 %
Yankunytjatjara 600 Yankunytjatjara E Ethnic Religions 50.0 % 30.0 %
Yanyuwa 100 Yanyuwa E Ethnic Religions 15.0 % 8.0 %
Yindjibarndi 400 Yindjibarndi E Ethnic Religions 40.0 % 20.0 %
  Totals:  163 22,922,000 20     66.2 % 14.3 %  

RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
1.8 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 14.3 %)
66.2 %
Ethnic Religions
1.4 %
Hinduism
0.9 %
Islam
2.7 %
Non-Religious
26.6 %
Other / Small Religions
0.4 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
30.5 %
Independent
2.1 %
Orthodox
3.5 %
Other Christian
7.4 %
Protestant
19.2 %
Roman Catholic
35.8 %
Notes:

Major Religions: Religion percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each religion, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total population to derive the religion's percentage.

Christianity Segments: Christian segment percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all the People Group who lives in each country. The number of individuals who practice each segment of Christianity, by People Group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total population to derive the Christian segment's percentage.

Networking Possibilities

Search the Web
There are many agencies and churches looking for additional staff to help them in their mission and calling in Australia. Internet searches are probably the best way to find these organizations. The following are some example search topics you might try:

  • Church planting agencies in Australia
  • Christian ministry in Australia
  • Business as mission
  • Christian literature distribution
  • Evangelism agencies
  • Christian discipleship
  • Short term Christian missions
  • Long term Christian missions
  • Urban ministries
  • Christian media opportunities
  • Bible translation opportunities
  • Relief and development agencies
  • Clean water projects
  • Christian medical outreaches

Ministry Listing
Below is a partial list of ministries that may work in Australia or South Pacific. The lists below do not include all ministries at work in this country or region. This data is from circa 2006-2008 and is not being maintained by Joshua Project. There are likely many excellent ministries not listed here. Inclusion here is not an endorsement by Joshua Project.
In Australia Size
Africa Inland Mission, International Medium
AMG International Large
Apostolic Christian Church Foundation, Missionary Committee Medium
Baptist World Aid, Australia Small
Biblical Ministries Worldwide Medium
BILD International Small
Chosen People Ministries Small
Christian and Missionary Alliance Large
Christian Witness to Israel Small
Church Mission Society Medium
Church of God, Anderson, Indiana Medium
Church of God, Cleveland, Tennessee Medium
Elim Fellowship Medium
Fellowship International Mission Medium
Foursquare Missions International Medium
Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry Medium
Global InterAction Medium
Global Outreach Mission Medium
Global Partners / Wesleyan World Missions Medium
Global Recordings Network Medium
Gospel Fellowship Association Medium
Grace Ministries International Medium
HCJB Global Medium
Independent Faith Mission Medium
International Board of Jewish Missions Small
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Medium
Iris Ministries, Inc. Medium
Jews for Jesus Medium
Josue Yrion World Evangelism and Missions Small
Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention Medium
Mission Aviation Fellowship Medium
Navigators, International Missions Group Medium
Open Air Campaigners (OAC) Medium
Open Bible Churches Small
Open Doors International Medium
Presbyterian Missionary Union Small
Salvation Army Medium
TEAR Australia Medium
Teen Missions International Medium
Tentmakers International Small
The Leprosy Mission Medium
WEC International Large
World Baptist Fellowship Mission Agency Medium
Youth for Christ International Large
Youth with a Mission Large

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