Religion, spirituality and connections with churches

This report presents selected results from the 2018 Australian Community Survey (ACS) project run by NCLS
Research. The 2018 ACS is the latest wave in a series of community surveys conducted by NCLS Research since
1998.

This report covers three areas:

  1. A religious and spiritual profile of Australians,
  2. Attitudes to religion in society, and
  3. Connections with Christian churches.


First, we seek to understand Australian religion and spirituality, including religious practices, beliefs, experiences and
identity. Second, we explore how the Australian community views the role of religion in society, and Christian faith
and churches in particular. Third, we focus on the level of contact Australians have with churches and church
attenders, and what factors influence an openness to accepting an invitation to church.

Another goal for the 2018 Australian Community Survey project is to examine views on cultural and religious
diversity in Australia, social contact across ethnic and religious difference and how these relate to the religion and
spirituality of individuals. The 2018 ACS project also examines how the civic contribution of individuals relates to
their religion and spirituality. These and other analyses of the 2018 ACS will be reported in other publications.

Authors

Miriam Pepper and Ruth Powell.

Citation

Pepper, M and Powell, R, (2018). Religion, spirituality and connections with churches: results from the 2018 Australian Community Survey. NCLS Occasional Paper 36. Sydney: NCLS Research.