Nationwide Survey to determine employee numbers in Catholic sector

Person filling in a surveyA nationwide survey has been launched this week to determine the number of Catholic workplaces across Australia and the numbers of people who are employed in those workplaces.

The survey is designed to create a profile of those who are employed in Catholic organisations by reference to occupation, Church sector, State, the form of employment regulation, nature of employment and gender.

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) is conducting the survey with the support of Catholic Religious Australia. The Pastoral Research Office (PRO) in collaboration with the Australian Catholic Council for Employment Relations (ACCER) will undertake the work.

Bishop Gerard Holohan, Bishops Delegate to the ACCER, said, ‘In carrying out the Church’s ministry in Australia, for our internal governance purposes, we need to understand how many people are involved as employees of the Church and interact on our behalf with the wider community’.

‘Catholic values are important within our workplaces – they must prevail and must influence organisation structures, return on investment and work practices and leadership,’ Bishop Holohan added.

The Catholic Church undertakes good works in many industry sectors.

‘While Government agencies such as the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC) may know each organisation’s numbers both paid and volunteers, within Catholic health, education, social services and others, the Catholic Church has an incomplete account of those who work for the Church. For internal governance purposes, there is a need to clarify how many people are involved as employees of the Church,’ Bishop Holohan said.

Reliable information collected during the study will assist the Church in its deliberations in a number of ways, including:

  • the potential reach of Catholic values and social teachings within the wider employment field in Australia;
  • the extent of a Catholic employer presence within various industry sectors;
  • the cultural and social impact Church-inspired employment has had on Australian society; and
  • an improved understanding of the Catholic workforce composition and therefore workforce planning measures – in particular, the likely impact proposed changes in the employment and/or wages fields will have on Catholic employers.

The data collected in this study will be group data and not data about individual workers. Data collected from individual Catholic employers will not be released to the public. Every Catholic employer will receive a copy of the survey by mail or email.

The project is being funded through the generous support of the Catholic Superannuation Fund, Catholic Church Insurance, Makinson D’Apice Lawyers and the Catholic Commission for Employment Relations in New South Wales and ACT.

Further information, please contact the Pastoral Research Office on 03 9953 3456

Media queries, please contact Aoife Connors on 0450 348 597 or media@catholic.org.au

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ACBC Communications