Coptic Orthodox Church in Australia

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This article is about Coptic Orthodoxy in Australia. For Copts in Australia. For a list of Coptic parishes in Australia, see the List of Coptic Orthodox Churches in Australia.

Congregations of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Australia are served by two Coptic Orthodox dioceses with over 50 parishes, three monasteries, two theological colleges and four schools. The church is a member of the 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 church has as many as 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).[1]


  • Diocese of Melbourne and Affiliated Regions led by Bishop Anba Suriel since 1999:
South Australia
Western Australia
Australian Capital Territory
New Zealand
  • Diocese of Sydney and Affiliated Regions led by Bishop Anba Daniel since 2002:
New South Wales
Northern Territory
Mainland China


  1. ^ In the year 2003, there was an estimated 70,000 Copts in New South Wales alone: - |archive-url= missing title (help). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). Parliament of NSW - Legislative Council. 12 November 2003. p. Page: 4772: - Coptic Orthodox Church (NSW) Property Trust Amendment Bill. Archived from the original on 6 March 2005.
  • The Coptic Orthodox Church of Australia 1969-1995 by Fr Matthew Attia (formerly Maged Attia)

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