During 2010, there were 143,500 deaths (73,500 males and 70,000 females) registered in Australia. This was an increase of 2,700 deaths (1.9%) more than the number of deaths registered in 2009 (140,800). From 1990 the number of deaths registered has increased by around 0.6% per year on average for males and 1.2% per year for females, with year-to-year fluctuations.
The steady increase in the number of deaths over time reflects the increasing size of the population and, in particular, the increasing number of older people. With the continued ageing of the population, the number of deaths is projected to continue to increase throughout the middle of the century (see graph 2.16).
2.1 DEATHS REGISTERED -
Male and female deaths
1910 to 2010
There were more male deaths (73,500) registered in 2010 than female deaths (70,000), resulting in a sex ratio of 105.0 male deaths for every 100 female deaths. This ratio has decreased over time, with 116.7 male deaths for every 100 female deaths in 1990.
The distribution of deaths registered in 2010 by age group and sex is illustrated in graph 2.2.
Australia, Age(a) and sex-2010