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The following resources below exist solely for the purposes of research via the NSW HSC Course - Studies of Religion (see disclaimer below).

This course is studied in many Christian Schools; hence its coverage on the 'Christian Faith' website.






Chapter 9: Religion and belief systems in Australia post-1945 (Pearson)

Macquarie Guide HSC Studies of Religion: Revised Edition - the whole topic from this book can be viewed via Google Reader




The Aboriginal Spirituality glossary can be found HERE, the Australian Post WW2 glossary can be found HERE

Also, check out this GLOSSARY (mr e)




Religion and Belief Systems in Australia Post-1945




BEST: Overall summaries can be found HERE (Waverley)

HSC SoR Study Notes for Religious Expression in Australia since 1945 (Lachlan Brown)

Religion and Belief Systems in Australia post 1945 (sjesorhsc)

Religion and Belief Systems in Australia - Post 1945 (CEO Elizabeth Alderton) pdf

Religious Landscape of Australia: Post-1945 (Anthony Bosco 2009)

Religious expression post 1945 (Bankstown TAFE)

Religion in Australia post 1945 (Metatemporal)

Religion in Australia post 1945 (various summaries and PowerPoint)

Religious Expression in Australia Post 1945 by Martin Milani (PowerPoint)

'SLIDESHARE' by Francis O'Callaghan



Can be found HERE




Contemporary Aboriginal Spiritualities

Summaries of all the first part:

BEST: Can be found HERE (Waverley)

FLASHCARDS (essential vocab and terms)

Aboriginal spirituality as determined by the Dreaming (Summary Points)

'Aboriginal section post 1945' (SLIDESHARE) by Tristan Forsyth

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies (University of Queensland). A page of helpful links.

Contemporary Aboriginal Spirituality (Syllabus Notes)


Aboriginal Beliefs and Spirituality (pdf CEO)

Religious Expression in Australia Post 1945 (Martin Milani ppt)



Discuss how Aboriginal spirituality is determined by the Dreaming
– kinship
– ceremonial life
– obligations to the land and people

Aboriginal Spirituality as Determined by the Dreaming

VIDEO: HSC Studies of Religion - Dreaming Crash Course (5.17mins)

Kinship and Skin Names Central Land Council

Video (Revision): The Dreaming (4min47 - Miss D Maths)

Video: Yr 12 SOR Religion in Australia 1

Video: Kinship and I

Video: Family and Kinship

General Revision Notes (cm12sor)



Discuss the continuing effect of dispossession on Aboriginal spiritualities in relation to:
•– separation from the land
•– separation from kinship groups
•– the Stolen Generations

General Revision Notes (cm12sor)

Effect of dispossession (Mr e)

Stolen Generations (Mr e)

Stolen Generations 'SLIDESHARE' by sjmoon23

Videos: 'The Stolen Generation' (Youtube) and Stolen Generations - First Australians (Vimeo)

Aboriginal Spirituality (FAQs Marian)



Outline the importance of the following for the Land Rights movement:
– Native Title
– Mabo
– Wik

VIDEO: Y12 SOR Religion in Australia 3 Land Rights (18.10 mins)

VIDEOHSC Studies of Religion - Land Rights (4.21 mins)

The Importance of the Land Rights Movement for Indigenous Australians (Bored of Studies)

SAMPLE ANSWERS: Analyse the importance of the DREAMING for the LAND RIGHTS MOVEMENT (5 marks)
Outline the importance of the "MABO JUDGEMENT" and the "WIK DECISION" to the LAND RIGHTS MOVEMENT (5 marks)

Land Rights Fact Sheet (Gov't)

General Information on Native Title (mr e with PowerPoint too)

The CLC’s Easy Guide to Native Title Central Land Council

Mabo and Wik (mr e)

Eddie Mabo VideoWe are no longer shadows (link no longer available) and Mabo Remembered.

The Land Rights movement and recognition of native title (HSC ONLINE)

Kowanyama win Qld native title claim (The Daily Telegraph, December 05, 2012)

Jinibara people win Qld native title claim (The Daily Telegraph, 20 Nov, 2012)




Religious Expression in Australia

Free mp3 download: 'Religion in Australia Since 1945' with Anthony Cleary (8MB - 2 hrs) (CAEC)

Religion In Australia: Statistics (2006) from InFocus

 2011 Census:

2011 Census reveals Hinduism as the fastest growing religion in Australia (ABS)

'Cultural Diversity in Australia'. Scroll down to 'RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION' (ABS)

2011 data from 'Christian History Research'

NCLS Research National Church Life Survey

Expression of Religion / Religious Expression Post 1945 (pdf CEO)

Religious Landscape of Australia: Post-1945 (Bosco - 2009)



The following resources are excellent!

Social Change, Spiritual Trends: Christianity in Australia Today (pdf - fantastic resource). Other wonderful resources on this page include:

  • Infographic of the above (shortform) in pdf
  • Infographics (longform) of the above in pdf

Australian Communities Report McCrindle Research (pdf)


EASTER, AUSTRALIANS AND CHRISTIANITY [INFOGRAPHIC]. An excellent, pictorial research snapshot of Christianity in Australia.



2016/17 DATA

2016 Census:

"How we worship – or not
Australia remains a religious country, with 60% of our population reporting a religious affiliation. However, the proportion of people reporting no religion, including people with secular and other spiritual beliefs, increased to 30% in 2016 – up from 22% five years ago.
The current state of the nation’s faith breaks along age lines. Older people keep their faith. Younger people tend to report ‘no religion’. This response was most common among younger people, with 39% of those aged 18 to 34 reporting no religious affiliation. 
Part of the decline in religious affiliation is a general move away from the traditional Christian denominations. Nevertheless, 52% reported an affiliation with a Christian religion – predominantly Catholic (23%) and Anglican (13%). New South Wales and Queensland remain the most Christian states, but there is an overall decline in the percentage of Australians reporting their faith as Christian.
About 8.2% of us reported a religion other than Christianity, with Islam (2.6%) and Buddhism (2.4%) the most common.
Meanwhile, Jedi numbers are down – is this part of the move towards ‘no religion’, or are our minds just drifting from a galaxy far, far away?"
2024.0 - Census of Population and Housing: Australia Revealed, 2016  
LATEST ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 27/06/2017  First Issue:

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Faith and Belief in Australia (Excellent! 2017 Free Information: PowerPoint, Infographics and Report based on McCrindle Research).

Census 2016 shows Australia’s changing religious profile, with more ‘nones’ than Catholics by Gary D Bouma (Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Monash University) (The Conversation)

VIDEO: Studies of Religion - Changing religious adherence



• account for the present religious landscape in Australia in relation to:
– Christianity as the major religious tradition
– immigration
– denominational switching
– rise of New Age religions
– secularism

Good summary here

New Age Movement is a dedicated page on 'Christian Faith'


Ecumenical Bodies:

• describe the impact of Christian ecumenical movements in Australia
– The National Council of Churches
– NSW Ecumenical Council

National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) (NCCA website)

NSW Ecumenical Council (NSW Ecumenical Council website)

The Uniting Church Church in Australia (Uniting Church website)

A good summary on this topic (Waverley)

Ecumenical Movements (cm12sor Wiki)


Interfaith dialogue and the ecumenical movement (Sample Answer: 2011 HSC Exam - pages 2&3; pdf)

 Ecumenism & interfaith dialogue (Slideshare)

 2011 HSC SOR Exam solution: Q11 (5 marks). Explain the role of the ecumenical movement and/or interfaith dialogue as religious responses to growing secularism. Include examples in your answer. (CAMBRIDGE: Word download)



Interfaith Dialogue:

• evaluate the importance of interfaith dialogue in multifaith Australia

A good summary here (Waverley)

Interfaith Dialogue (cm12sor wiki)

 Interfaith Dialogue by Ashleigh Green (Columban Mission Institute). A presentation for HSC students (pdf - 27pages)

 Alternative Views:

Should Christians Participate in Interfaith Communion? by Elliot Miller (Equip) 

When No One Is Wrong: A Response to the Interfaith Movement by Lynne Thompson (Focus on the Family)





• examine the relationship between Aboriginal spiritualities and religious traditions in the process of Reconciliation

A good summary here

What is reconciliation? (Reconciliation Network)





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