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3414.0 - Guide to Migrant Statistical Sources, 2011 (Edition 2)  
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AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS (ABS)

NAME OF COLLECTION

Causes of Death

OVERVIEW

The registration of deaths is the responsibility of the individual state and territory Registrars of Births, Deaths and Marriages. As part of the registration process, information about the cause of death is supplied by the medical practitioner certifying the death or by a coroner. Other information about the deceased is supplied by a relative or other person acquainted with the deceased, or by an official of the institution where the death occurred. This information is provided to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) by individual Registrars for coding and compilation into aggregate statistics. In addition, the ABS supplements this data with information from the National Coroners Information Service (NCIS).

Causes of death information is coded according to the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), and is used as a basis of research by medical researchers and health professionals.

Causes of Death statistics have been produced since the early 1900s using various versions of ICD. Characteristics contained within the Causes of Death collection are capable of being cross classified by demographic characteristics including Data Items Relevant to Migrants and Ethnicity.

DATA DETAIL

DATA ITEMS RELEVANT TO MIGRANTS AND ETHNICITY

  • Country of birth of deceased
  • Duration of residence in Australia, if born overseas

OTHER DATA ITEMS COLLECTED

The full range of characteristics available for the deaths collection is available in Deaths, Australia (cat. no. 3302.0).

For further details on scope, geographic coverage, data availability and publications, methodology, classifications and concepts visit the Causes of Death entry in the Directory of Statistical Sources, and Causes of Death, Australia (cat. no. 3303.0).

DATA AVAILABILITY

The Migrant Data Matrices provide a link to summary data on migrants from Causes of Death. The data items included in each datacube are not exhaustive, but rather a selection of the data available. Care must be taken in comparing data from different collections presented in the Matrices due to differences in survey methodology, definitions and reference periods.

Additional data are also available in the publication Causes of Death, Australia (cat. no. 3303.0).

CONTACT DETAILS

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

Phone: 1300 135 070
Fax: 1300 135 211
Post: Client Services, ABS, GPO Box 796, Sydney 2001
Email: client.services@abs.gov.au


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