Nepali in Australia

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

There is confusion between the Nepalese and the Bhutanese people in Australia. The Nepalese are usually Hindu, whereas the Bhutanese are Tibetan Buddhists. The latter had the misfortune of being driven out of Bhutan into Nepal, then becoming refugees in other nations like Australia. Most arrived in Australia since 1990. The Hindus, most of whom are ethnic Nepalis, were often driven out by a Maoist insurgency that caused death and destruction in their mountain homeland. They live mainly in Sydney and Melbourne.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Nepalis in Australia hold various jobs. They might hold humble jobs, or they might be medical doctors or businessmen. Others are students who will probably return home in a couple of years.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Though most Nepalis in Australia are Hindu, there is a sizable Buddhist, Muslim and Christian minorities among them. Audio, visual and a complete Bible are available in the Nepali language.

What Are Their Needs?

Vocational Christians may have opportunities to live among the Nepali people in Australia, creating opportunities to be in daily contact to earn respect and confidence, and hopefully the privilege to speak God's truth into their lives. Though Nepalis have a high standing within Australia, they are poor, needy, and without hope since they don't have the sin-bearing Savior.

Prayer Points

Nepali people in Australia need to see their critical need for their Savior, who loves them and desires a personal relationship with them. They need to see that they cannot be accepted by the creator of the universe except through his son. Pray for believers in Australia to make a concerted effort to reach Nepalis for Christ. Pray for a disciple making movement among Nepalis in Australia.

Scripture Prayers for the Nepali, general in Australia.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Nepalese
People Name in Country Nepali, general
Natural Name Nepali
Population this Country 134,000
Population all Countries 860,000
Total Countries 10
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 3
Alternate Names Eastern Pahari; Gurkha; Gurkhali; Gurung; Nepalese, Eastern; Paharia; नेपलीज़
People ID 13317
ROP3 Code 107204
Country Australia
Region Australia and Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Australia
Region Australia and Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Nepali (134,000 speakers)
Language Code npi   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Nepali (134,000 speakers)
Language Code npi   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Nepali

Primary Language:  Nepali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1850-1961)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1821-2010)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1914-2012)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Nepali
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video New Way (Naya Goreto)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
Film / Video The Hope Video
General Biblical answers to your questions
General Gospel resources links
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Comic Book Version
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Nepali
Text / Printed Matter Children and youth resources
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.50 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
98.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
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Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more