3302.0 - Deaths, Australia, 2016 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 27/09/2017   
   Page tools: Print Print Page Print all pages in this productPrint All RSS Feed RSS Bookmark and Share Search this Product


DEATHS


There were 158,504 deaths registered in Australia in 2016, 548 less than the number registered in 2015 (159,052). Over three quarters (77.5%) of these deaths were to usual residents of New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland combined. Since 2006, the number of deaths registered has increased by around 1.8% per year on average for males and 1.7% per year for females, with year-to-year fluctuations (see graph 1.1). For detailed data, see ABS.Stat Datasets - Deaths, Year of registration, Summary data, Sex, States, Territories and Australia, from the Downloads tab.

Graph Image for 1.1 DEATHS REGISTERED - 1916 to 2016


Male and female deaths

There were more male deaths (81,867) registered in 2016 than female deaths (76,637), resulting in a sex ratio of 106.8 male deaths for every 100 female deaths. The distribution of deaths registered in 2016 by age group and sex is illustrated in graph 1.2.

Graph Image for 1.2 DEATHS(a), Australia, Age and sex


Footnote(s):
(a) Excludes deaths for which age was not stated.

Median age

In 2016, the median age at death was 78.9 years for males and 85.0 years for females. This was an increase of 0.2 years for males while females remained the same since 2015. Over the past 10 years, the median age at death has increased by 1.6 years for males and 1.7 years for females at the national level. In 2016, the highest median age at death was in South Australia for both males (80.1 years) and females (85.9 years). The lowest medians were in the Northern Territory (64.8 years and 68.4 years respectively).

States and territories

The following table shows the distribution of deaths registered in Australia's states and territories.


1.3 DEATHS REGISTERED, States and territories - 2006, 2015 and 2016

2006
2015
2016(a)
2016
State or territory of usual residence
no.
no.
no.
%

New South Wales
46 034
53 600
53 694
33.9
Victoria
33 311
39 904
39 450
24.9
Queensland
24 473
29 782
29 690
18.7
South Australia
11 921
13 647
13 337
8.4
Western Australia
11 643
14 448
14 839
9.4
Tasmania
3 934
4 633
4 595
2.9
Northern Territory
932
1 171
1 044
0.7
Australian Capital Territory
1 484
1 859
1 839
1.2
Australia(b)
133 739
159 052
158 504
100.0

(a) Deaths occurred on Norfolk Island from 1 July 2016 are included in this publication for the first time. See Explanatory Note 5 for more information.
(b) Includes Other Territories.