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3302.0 - Deaths, Australia, 2009 Quality Declaration 
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AGE-SPECIFIC DEATH RATES

Age-specific death rates (ASDRs) are available for New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Victoria, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory are excluded due to small numbers of registered deaths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

The non-reporting and/or incorrect reporting of a person's Indigenous status on the death registration form means that death rates calculated using the number of registered Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian deaths may be underestimates of the true death rate. Non-reporting and/or incorrect reporting of a person's Indigenous status on the death registration form may also affect rates for non-Indigenous Australians.

Death rates for 2005-2009 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian males and females in all age groups were higher than rates for non-Indigenous males and females (table 3.5).

For New South Wales and Queensland, ASDRs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians aged 25 to 64 years were more than twice the rates for non-Indigenous Australians. For both males and females, the largest difference was for persons aged 35-44 years, where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian age-specific death rates were more than three times higher than those recorded for non-Indigenous males and females.

For South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory, ASDRs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in some age groups were five or more times higher than for non-Indigenous Australians. The largest differences occurred among males aged 35 to 44 years and females aged 25 to 44 years.

The denominators used in calculating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian age-specific death rates were the 30 June 2007 projections (Series B) published in Experimental Estimates and Projections, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, 1991 to 2021 (cat. no. 3238.0). Non-Indigenous population estimates are available for Census years only. In the absence of estimates for these years, it is possible to derive denominators for calculating non-Indigenous rates by subtracting the projected Indigenous population (as published in Experimental Estimates and Projections, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, 1991 to 2021 (cat. no. 3238.0, Series B)) from the total population (as published in Australian Demographic Statistics (cat. no. 3101.0)). Such figures have a degree of uncertainty and should be used with caution, particularly as the time from the base year of the projection series increases.

3.5 Age specific death rates(a), Indigenous status and sex - 2005-2009(b)

Males
Females
Persons
Indigenous
(c)
Non-
Indigenous(c)
Rate
ratio(d)
Indigenous
(c)
Non-
Indigenous(c)
Rate
ratio(d)
Indigenous
(c)
Non-
Indigenous(c)
Rate
ratio(d)

New South Wales

0(e)
8.1
4.9
1.7
6.3
3.8
1.7
7.2
4.3
1.7
1-4
35.5
20.7
1.7
32.6
17.2
1.9
34.1
19.0
1.8
5-14
15.0
11.2
1.3
9.5
7.5
1.3
12.3
9.4
1.3
15-24
75.8
52.3
1.5
26.0
21.4
1.2
51.9
37.2
1.4
25-34
184.1
80.6
2.3
104.1
31.6
3.3
143.3
56.0
2.6
35-44
405.1
129.0
3.1
222.5
66.3
3.4
307.8
97.4
3.2
45-54
774.6
284.3
2.7
400.9
171.3
2.3
581.6
227.3
2.6
55-64
1 490.7
668.3
2.2
1 025.5
401.5
2.6
1 250.8
534.6
2.3
65 and over
4 718.4
4 261.7
1.1
4 157.0
3 741.2
1.1
4 405.7
3 974.7
1.1

Queensland

0(e)
10.7
5.2
2.0
7.3
4.1
1.8
9.1
4.7
1.9
1-4
59.7
24.9
2.4
47.8
20.6
2.3
53.8
22.8
2.4
5-14
22.8
11.1
2.1
14.1
9.7
1.5
18.6
10.4
1.8
15-24
115.8
60.7
1.9
66.2
23.9
2.8
91.4
42.7
2.1
25-34
221.4
90.0
2.5
101.4
35.6
2.8
160.9
62.9
2.6
35-44
491.7
129.3
3.8
294.4
67.5
4.4
389.1
98.1
4.0
45-54
838.6
272.1
3.1
570.9
158.9
3.6
698.8
215.1
3.2
55-64
1 661.0
661.5
2.5
1 263.7
384.6
3.3
1 449.9
524.5
2.8
65 and over
5 549.8
4 067.4
1.4
4 554.9
3 571.5
1.3
4 971.1
3 802.0
1.3

South Australia

0(e)
7.3
3.9
1.9
6.6
3.5
1.9
7.0
3.7
1.9
1-4
29.5
28.0
1.1
76.7
17.0
4.5
52.7
22.6
2.3
5-14
17.1
7.0
2.4
17.5
6.9
2.5
17.3
7.0
2.5
15-24
188.4
60.4
3.1
115.4
21.5
5.4
152.1
41.4
3.7
25-34
469.7
103.7
4.5
234.3
33.5
7.0
348.0
69.1
5.0
35-44
838.1
149.5
5.6
444.4
79.1
5.6
633.3
114.3
5.5
45-54
1 123.0
293.4
3.8
941.7
185.7
5.1
1 027.9
239.0
4.3
55-64
2 168.3
689.5
3.1
1 522.4
411.6
3.7
1 832.3
547.9
3.3
65 and over
3 724.5
4 427.1
0.8
3 958.0
3 879.2
1.0
3 862.9
4 121.2
0.9

Western Australia

0(e)
10.9
3.1
3.5
8.1
3.4
2.4
9.5
3.3
2.9
1-4
112.9
22.9
4.9
60.1
12.4
4.9
86.7
17.8
4.9
5-14
33.0
8.6
3.8
19.0
7.5
2.5
26.2
8.1
3.2
15-24
246.9
66.0
3.7
126.4
26.4
4.8
187.7
46.9
4.0
25-34
446.1
89.8
5.0
247.6
39.6
6.3
350.1
65.3
5.4
35-44
898.4
121.9
7.4
530.0
68.2
7.8
711.2
95.4
7.5
45-54
1 510.8
259.9
5.8
943.8
156.4
6.0
1 222.7
208.4
5.9
55-64
2 785.8
602.0
4.6
2 026.8
348.7
5.8
2 381.0
478.3
5.0
65 and over
7 764.8
3 913.0
2.0
6 923.5
3 455.0
2.0
7 287.3
3 666.3
2.0

Northern Territory

0(e)
16.0
4.0
4.0
11.3
4.2
2.7
13.8
4.1
3.4
1-4
83.3
19.5
4.3
87.2
25.4
3.4
85.2
22.4
3.8
5-14
44.7
22.4
2.0
44.3
10.8
4.1
44.5
16.8
2.7
15-24
309.3
101.6
3.0
124.5
37.1
3.4
217.7
71.1
3.1
25-34
539.8
101.2
5.3
264.1
33.1
8.0
398.1
67.9
5.9
35-44
1 156.9
159.2
7.3
664.6
66.1
10.0
901.0
115.3
7.8
45-54
1 839.1
374.7
4.9
1 209.5
168.9
7.2
1 505.9
277.5
5.4
55-64
2 835.7
837.0
3.4
2 025.8
324.3
6.2
2 387.0
616.8
3.9
65 and over
7 088.5
3 688.9
1.9
5 516.1
2 792.5
2.0
6 118.2
3 301.2
1.9

Total(f)

0(e)
10.4
4.6
2.2
7.6
3.8
2.0
9.0
4.2
2.1
1-4
60.6
22.9
2.6
51.5
17.5
2.9
56.2
20.3
2.8
5-14
24.2
10.5
2.3
17.3
8.1
2.1
20.9
9.3
2.2
15-24
153.8
58.0
2.7
74.0
23.0
3.2
114.8
40.9
2.8
25-34
312.5
87.0
3.6
159.5
34.0
4.7
235.2
60.7
3.9
35-44
648.3
130.6
5.0
369.2
68.2
5.4
502.5
99.3
5.1
45-54
1 076.2
279.5
3.9
682.5
167.3
4.1
871.8
223.0
3.9
55-64
1 935.0
661.3
2.9
1 411.1
390.1
3.6
1 658.2
526.3
3.2
65 and over
5 642.3
4 181.2
1.3
4 864.4
3 675.7
1.3
5 194.5
3 905.3
1.3

(a) Deaths per 100,000 population, except age 0.
(b) Death rates based on the average number of death registrations between 2005-2009, divided by the population at 30 June 2007. See commentary.
(c) Deaths where Indigenous status was not stated are excluded. As a result, age-specific death rates may be underestimated.
(d) Indigenous rate divided by the non-Indigenous rate.
(e) Infant deaths per 1,000 live births.
(f) Data are for NSW, Qld, WA, SA,and NT combined, based on state or territory of usual residence.






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