Your Work Matters

Your Work Matters


It’s official.  You matter.  And here’s why.

Ever have those days where you feel you’re not achieving anything?  When you wonder how much your hard work matters?  Don’t despair.  We’ve got proof of just how important you, and what you do, really are.

As someone who works in a Catholic workplace, you’re in one of the biggest clubs in Australia.

A new report released by the Australian Catholic Council for Employment Relations (ACCER) has found the Catholic church to be one of the country’s largest employers.

The Our Work Matters survey by the Pastoral Research Office reveals more than 220,000 people make up the Catholic workforce.  That’s greater than all the people who work for Woolworths, or the big four banks combined!

But the really important detail that’s come from this detailed study is the type of work Catholic organisations are doing and the huge impact it’s having.

We now officially know that 84 percent of the Catholic workforce is in the Education, Health and Aged Care sectors.  These are vital services that have a real and direct impact on our society.

Upon publicly unveiling the report, Acting chair of ACCER, Tony Farley, said “Catholic aged care and health providers have an important role to play in meeting the demands of our ageing population and ensuring older Australians are given the utmost respect, dignity and self-determination that they rightfully deserve.

“The Catholic church has an equally important role in education, with tens of thousands of students attending Catholic schools and universities every year”.

“The Church also provides crucial social services, such as programmes to welcome refugees to their new home.  On the other end of the spectrum are the staff at Catholic cemeteries that help thousands of people each year as they farewell loved ones.

“From birth to burial – Catholic organisations are serving, caring for and helping Australians through all of life’s key moments.

“This report points to the enormous cultural and social impact Church-inspired employment has had, and will continue to have, on Australian society,” Mr Farley said.

So there you have it.  Solid proof that what you do matters.  So next time you’re having a difficult day, take heart in knowing that your work plays a unique and important role in Australia’s workforce and society at large.

“Our Work Matters” At a Glance

  • The Church employs 1.8% of the more than 12 million employed persons in Australia
  • More than three-quarters (77.3%) of the Church’s employees are women
  • 84% of the Catholic workforce is in Education, Health and Aged Care services

If you’d like to read the full report, click here:

Hard copies can be ordered from the Pastoral Research Office. Click here to download the form.

If you want to connect with other people in this unique workforce, check out the Catholic Workplaces facebook page – it’s for you!

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