Religious Services in Australia - Market Research Report

Religious Services industry trends (2014-2019)

poll Average industry growth 2014–2019: 0.1%

Australia has become an increasingly secular nation over the past five years. This trend has posed challenges to the Religious Services industry. According to ABS Census data, the number of Australians that consider themselves religious has declined steadily for several decades. This trend has continued over the past five years, despite high immigration rates from regions with strong religious adherence. Overall, the decline in adherence to most traditional Christian faiths is outstripping growth in adherence to most non-Christian religions. As a result, revenue generated by religious groups is expected to only increase at an annualised 0.2% over the five years through 2019-20, to reach $4.8 billion. This growth has largely come from donations from h...
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Religious Services industry outlook (2019-2024)

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The Religious Services industry is anticipated to continue struggling over the next five years, due to falling attendance and growing numbers of young people uninterested in religion. Changing demographics and difficulties in attracting new adherents and donations are anticipated to negatively affect the industry's performance over the period. Industry revenue is projected to increase only slightly over the next five years as rises in net migration and consumer sentiment are partly offset by weaker household donations due to a forecast decline in church attendance. Some small churches are likely to close or merge with other churches to better manage scarce funds, while the dwindling supply of priests and other religious workers will likely match redu...
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Religious Services industry statistics

  • attach_money Market Size: $5bn
  • business Number of Businesses: 11,118
  • poll Average Industry Profit Margin: x.x%
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  • supervisor_account Industry Employment: 37,710

Biggest companies in the Religious Services industry

The Religious Services in Australia industry has no companies with major market shares. Get the full report to find out why.

What is Religious Services industry?

Industry Definition

The industry consists of religious organisations operated for religious worship or for the promotion of religious activities. The industry includes churches, temples and monasteries. It also includes organisations primarily engaged in administering an organised religion.

Industry Products and Services

  • Catholic services
  • Anglican Church services
  • Other Christian services
  • Uniting Church services
  • Presbyterian and Reformed services
  • Buddhist services
  • Islamic services
  • Other non-Christian services

Industry Activities

  • Bible society operation
  • Church operation
  • Convent operation
  • Diocesan registry operation
  • Missionary operation
  • Monastery operation
  • Mosque operation
  • Religious organisation operation
  • Religious shrine and temple operation
  • Synagogue operation

Market research report - table of contents

Industry Definition

The industry consists of religious organisations operated for religious worship or for the promotion of religious activities. The industry includes churches, temples and monasteries. It also includes organisations primarily engaged in administering an organised religion.

Main Activities

  • Bible society operation
  • Church operation
  • Convent operation
  • Diocesan registry operation
  • Missionary operation
  • Monastery operation
  • Mosque operation
  • Religious organisation operation
  • Religious shrine and temple operation
  • Synagogue operation

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Industry Structure

Executive Summary

Key External Drivers

Contributions to and attendance at religious groups are closely tied to the amount of available leisure time. The more leisure time people have, the more ...
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Church attendance
Real household discretionary income
Consumer sentiment index
Net migration

Current Performance

Not religious
Immigration patterns
Establishment numbers decline
 Chart: Revenue Growth

Industry Outlook

Establishment numbers fall
Future religious trends
 Table: Religious Services in Australia - Market Research Report Industry Revenue Outlook

Industry Life Cycle

Life Cycle Reasons
 Chart: Benchmarking - Religious Services in Australia - Market Research Report Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

Supply Chain

Key Buying Industries

Accommodation for the Aged in Australia
Crisis and Care Accommodation in Australia
Community Associations and Other Interest Groups in Australia
Consumers in Australia



Key Selling Industries

Retail Trade
Consumers in Australia





Products & Services

The following religious services breakdown is based on data releases from the 2016 ABS Census and the 2011 ABS Census, with affiliations used as a proxy f...
Highest household income quintile
Second household income quintile
Third household income quintile
Lowest household income quintile


Demand Determinants

Demand for religious services tends to be related to population size and population growth. For certain religious organisations demand is also related to ...
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Major Markets

Highest household income quintile
Second household income quintile
Third household income quintile
Lowest household income quintile



 Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Religious Services in Australia - Market Research Report Industry

International Trade

Business Locations

Chart: Business Locations by State Chart: Business Locations by State

Market Share Concentration

Little data exists on the revenue of individual religious establishments in Australia. As a result, the most accurate guide to determining concentration i...
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Key Success Factors

Cost Structure Benchmarks

Profit, Purchases, Wages, Other Costs
 Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Religious Services in Australia - Market Research Report

Basis of Competition

Internal competition
External competition

Barriers to Entry

 Table: Barriers to Entry Checklist for the Religious Services in Australia - Market Research Report Industry

Industry Globalization

The Religious Services in Australia industry has no major companies. Get the full report to find out why.

Capital Intensity

The industry has a low capital intensity level. For each dollar required for labour inputs in 2019-20, approximately $0.11 is projected to be invested in ...
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 Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Religious Services in Australia - Market Research Report Industry
 Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

Technology & Systems

Revenue Volatility

Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

Regulation & Policy

Industry Assistance

Table: Industry data Table: Industry Data for the Religious Services in Australia Industry

Industry Revenue (2007-2026)
Industry Gross Product (2007-2026)
Establishments (2007-2026)
Businesses (2007-2026)
Employment (2007-2026)
Exports (2007-2026)
Imports (2007-2026)
Wages (2007-2026)
Domestic Demand (2007-2026)

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Table: Industry Financial Ratios Table: Industry Financial Ratios

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Coverage Ratios
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Operating Ratios
Cash Flow & Debt Service Ratios (% of Sales)
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Liabilities, %

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