3302.0 - Deaths, Australia, 2016 Quality Declaration 
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ABOUT THIS ISSUE

This release brings together statistics on deaths and mortality in Australia. Data refers to deaths registered during the calendar year shown, unless otherwise stated. State or territory relates to state or territory of usual residence, unless otherwise stated.

RANDOMISED DATA

To protect confidentiality, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has adopted a technique to randomly adjust cells with small values. Cells with a value of zero have not been affected by this randomisation. As a result, sums of components may not add exactly to totals. The technique has been applied to all data issued in this release with the exception of median age calculations and any sub-state data. These very minor adjustments allow for a greater amount of data to be released, and as they are small, do not affect the utility of the data.

CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

Revisions to data: This issue contains revisions to the previously published Estimated Resident Population (ERP) for 2012-2015 due to rebasing of Australia's population estimates using the 2016 Census, for the following data cubes and ABS.Stat tables:

    • Data cube 3: Deaths, Summary, Statistical Area Level 4, 2006 to 2016
    • Data cube 4: Deaths, Summary, Statistical Area Level 2, 2006 to 2016
    • Data cube 5: Deaths, Summary, Local Government Areas, 2006 to 2016
    • Data cube 6: Deaths, Summary, Remoteness Areas, 2006 to 2016
    • Data cube 7: Deaths, Indigenous status, Summary, Remoteness Areas, Australia 2011 to 2016
    • ABS.Stat 1: Deaths, Year of registration, Summary data, Sex, States, Territories and Australia
    • ABS.Stat 2: Deaths, Year of registration, Age at death, Age-specific death rates, Sex, States, Territories and Australia
    • ABS.Stat 3: Deaths, Year of registration, Age at death, Sex, Australia

Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) 2016: This publication contains data for the following data cubes, presented according to the 2016 edition of the ASGS, which refers to boundaries as defined at 1 July 2016:

Data cube 3: Deaths, Summary, Statistical Area Level 4, 2006 to 2016
Data cube 4: Deaths, Summary, Statistical Area Level 2, 2006 to 2016
Data cube 5: Deaths, Summary, Local Government Areas, 2006 to 2016

Norfolk Island: Deaths occurred on Norfolk Island from 1 July 2016 are included in this publication for the first time. This is due to the introduction of the Norfolk Island Legislation Amendment Act 2015. See Explanatory Note 5 for more information.

Births 2016: Some limited births data for 2016 is included in this release. This is to enable the calculation and release of infant mortality rates for 2016. Detailed births and fertility data for 2016 will be released on 13 December 2017 in Births, Australia, 2016 (cat. no. 3301.0).

2016 POPULATIONS USED IN THIS RELEASE

ERPs for 30 June 2016 (preliminary) used in this release are based on the results of the 2016 Census and are as follows:
    • State, Territory and Australia level ERP (preliminary status), released in Australian Demographic Statistics, December Quarter, 2016 (cat. no. 3101.0) issued on 27 June 2017.
    • Sub-state ERP (preliminary status), released in Population by Age and Sex, Regions of Australia, 2016 (cat. no. 3235.0) issued on 28 August 2017.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ERP will be based on the 2016 Census for the 2016 reference year only, for the following ABS.Stat tables:
    • ABS.Stat 6: Deaths, Year of registration, Indigenous status, Summary data, Sex, States, Territories and Australia
    • ABS.Stat 8: Deaths, Year of registration, Indigenous status, Age at death, Sex, States, Territories and Australia

ERP by Country of Birth for Australia (preliminary status) for 30 June 2016 has been used and is based on the results of the 2011 Census as follows:
    • ERP by Country of Birth for Australia (preliminary status), released in Migration, Australia, 2015-16 (cat. no. 3412.0) issued on 30 March 2017, for data cube 1: Deaths, Country of Birth, Australia - 2016.

ROUNDING

Calculations as shown in the commentary sections of this release are based on unrounded figures. Calculations undertaken by data users using rounded figures may differ from those released. Where figures have been rounded in tables, discrepancies may occur between sums of component items and totals.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

The efforts of Registries of Births, Deaths and Marriages to improve the data quality, coverage and timeliness of death registration information, processes and systems are noted and valued by the ABS.

CONFIDENTIALITY

Where necessary, tables in this release have had small values suppressed or randomised to protect confidentiality. As a result, sums of components may not add exactly to totals. These very minor adjustments allow for a greater amount of data to be released, and as they are small, do not affect the utility of the data.

INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.