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3303.0 - Causes of Death, Australia, 2004  
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Causes of death data are available from calendar year 1964, through the ABS special data service. The data conform to the different revisions of the ICD, namely:

  • ICD-7 1964-1967
  • ICD-8 1968-1978
  • ICD-9 1979-1996
  • ICD-10 1997-2004

Documentation is available detailing the relationship between the various revisions of ICD. In 2004, death data is coded to the 4-digit level in ICD-10 for External causes of death (V01-Y98). Detailed data tables excluded from the national cause of death publication since 1984 are available on microfiche up to 1996 or through the special data service.


The following variables relating to the deceased are available, subject to standard ABS Confidentiality rules, for both underlying and multiple causes of death:

  • State or territory of registration of the death
  • Month and year of registration of the death
  • Place of usual residence
      • State or Territory
      • Statistical Division
      • Statistical Local Area
  • Occupation
      • From 1990 - Males and females aged 15 years and over
      • Pre-1990 - Males aged 15-64 years only
      • 1985-1990 - Females aged 15-59 years only
  • Sex
  • Age
      • In completed days under one week
      • In completed days under one month
      • In completed months under one year
      • In completed years other ages
  • Date of death
  • Country of birth
  • Duration of residence in Australia (where not Australian-born)
  • Marital status
  • Number of issue
  • Indigenous status
  • Post-mortem indicator (not available for all states)
  • Drowning indicator (1992-2002)
  • AIDS indicator (where AIDS is mentioned on the death certificate, whether the underlying cause or not) (up to 1997)
  • Certifier of cause of death (doctor or coroner)
  • Cancer indicator (where cancer is mentioned on the death certificate, whether the underlying cause or not) (up to 1997)

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