There were 2,472 deaths registered across Australia in 2008 where the deceased person was identified as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin, or both.
It is considered likely that most deaths of Indigenous Australians are registered. However, some of these deaths are not identified as Indigenous when they are registered. The extent to which this occurs is referred to as coverage of Indigenous deaths. For further information, see Explanatory Notes 53-62.
Data for 2008 have been positively impacted by process improvements. See Technical Note 1: 2008 COD Collection - Process Improvements for further information. These data are also subject to a revisions process. See Technical Note 2: Causes of Death - Revisions Process for further information.
The section below provides a brief summary of deaths due to selected broad level causes.