Coptic Australians

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Coptic Australians
Total population
24,693 (by ancestry, 2011),[1] or up to 70,000-100,000 (estimated)[2][3]
Australian English · Arabic language · Coptic language (Liturgical)
Coptic Christianity

Coptic Australians are Australians of Coptic descent or persons of Coptic descent residing in Australia. According to the 2011 census, there were 24,693 Copts in Australia, mostly members of the Coptic Orthodox Church.[1] The ethnic Coptic population within Australia is estimated to be between 70,000 and 100,000 people.[2][3]

Immigration history[edit]

Congregations of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Australia are served by two Coptic Orthodox Dioceses with over 50 parishes, two Monasteries, two theological Colleges and four schools. The Coptic Church is a member of National Council of Churches in Australia. According to the 2006 Census of Australia, there were a total of 19,928 followers of Coptic Orthodoxy nationally.[citation needed] Currently, the Coptic Orthodox Church has as many 100,000 members in Australia (in Sydney alone it is estimated that there are 70,000 Copts, with numbers in Melbourne in the tens of thousands).[2]

Notable Coptic Australians[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "The People of Australia: Statistics from the 2011 Census" (PDF). Australian Government. 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 July 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Coptic Orthodox Church (NSW) Property Trust Amendment Bill". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). Parliament of NSW – Legislative Council. 12 November 2003. p. 4772. Archived from the original on 6 March 2005. [The Coptic community] is a growing community with some 70,000 members in New South Wales
  3. ^ a b "Diocese Bodies". 2003. Archived from the original on 16 December 2011. Retrieved 18 November 2011.