ABOUT THIS ISSUE
This publication brings together statistics on deaths and mortality in Australia. Data refer to deaths registered during the calendar year shown, unless otherwise stated. State or territory relates to state or territory of usual residence, unless otherwise stated.
Populations used in the calculation of death rates for 2006 and earlier years are the final estimated resident population by age and sex based on results of the 2006 Census of Population and Housing (2006 Census) and earlier censuses. Death rates for 2008 are calculated using revised 30 June 2008 estimated resident population, while rates for 2009 are calculated using preliminary 30 June 2009 estimated resident population.
CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
Death rates for 2008 have been revised using revised 30 June 2008 estimated resident population.
The release of sub-state data in Table 4, Table 5 and Table 6 of the data cubes, available on the ABS website, has been deferred until 9 December 2010.
Life tables for Australia for 2007-2009 are published in Life Tables, Australia, 2007–2009 (cat. no. 3302.0.55.001) and included in this issue (see Chapter 4: Life Tables)
The release of state and territory life tables for 2007-2009 (cat nos. 3302.1.55.001 to 3302.8.55.001) has been deferred until 8 December 2010.
Calculations as shown in the commentary sections of this publication are based on unrounded figures. Calculations using rounded figures may differ from those published.
It is recommended that when using information presented in this publication, the relevant statistics be rounded. All data are affected by errors in reporting and processing. Death registrations data are also affected by delays in registration.
CAUSES OF DEATH AND PERINATAL DEATHS
Causes of death information is published under the 3303.0 product family. See Causes of Death, Australia: Doctor Certified Deaths, Summary Tables (cat. no. 3303.0.55.001) and Causes of Death, Australia (cat. no. 3303.0) for more information.
Perinatal death statistics are published in Perinatal Deaths, Australia, 2007 (cat. no. 3304.0) and previously, in Causes of Death, Australia (cat. no. 3303.0).
The efforts of Registries of Births, Deaths and Marriages to improve the data quality, coverage and timeliness of death registration information, processes and systems are noted and valued by the ABS.
Where necessary, tables have had small values suppressed or randomised to protect confidentiality. As a result, sums of components may not add to totals.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Tracey Coomber on Canberra (02) 6252 5406.