AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS (ABS)
NAME OF COLLECTION
Registration of deaths is the responsibility of state and territory Registrars of Births, Deaths and Marriages and is based on information supplied by a relative or other person acquainted with the deceased, or an official of the institution where the death occurred and on information supplied by a medical practitioner as to the cause of death. This information is supplied to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) by individual Registrars for compilation into aggregate death statistics.
Death statistics are an essential component in the calculation of Australia's estimated resident population. The ABS has had responsibility to produce population estimates since its establishment, and deaths have been an integral part of this process. State and national deaths data date back to at least 1860, while death data are available in electronic form on an annual basis from 1964.
Main data items include age at death, sex, place of usual residence, country of birth, duration of residence, day/month/year of death, month of registration, Indigenous status, occupation, and cause of death.
DATA ITEMS RELEVANT TO MIGRANTS AND ETHNICITY
OTHER DATA ITEMS COLLECTED
- Country of birth of deceased
- Duration of residence in Australia, if born overseas
A full list of data items – together with information on scope, geographic coverage, data availability and publications, methodology, classifications and concepts – is available in Deaths, Australia
(cat. no. 3302.0).
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