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3302.0 - Deaths, Australia, 2010 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 10/11/2011   
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INFANT MORTALITY RATE

For the selected states and territories, infant mortality rates (IMRs) for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians are around twice the rates for non-Indigenous Australians. In the Northern Territory, IMRs fell consistently for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population, from 15.7 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2005-2007 to 11.4 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2008-2010. IMRs in the Northern Territory were the highest of all states and territories across the 2005-2007 to 2008-2010 period. Other states exhibited lower IMRs for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population, but rates fluctuated due to the small and variable number of registered infant deaths in these jurisdictions during this period.

3.6 Infant mortality rates(a)(b), Indigenous status - 2005-2007 to 2008-2010

NSW
Qld(c)
SA
NT

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

Males
2005-2007
10.0
11.0
10.2
19.1
2006-2008
8.3
8.4
6.8
15.1
2007-2009
7.4
8.5
6.5
13.4
2008-2010
5.9
10.0
4.2
12.4
Females
2005-2007
7.7
7.2
7.4
12.1
2006-2008
7.1
7.4
5.9
11.9
2007-2009
6.1
6.6
7.0
10.9
2008-2010
4.4
7.4
5.1
10.4
Persons
2005-2007
8.9
9.1
8.9
15.7
2006-2008
7.7
7.9
6.4
13.6
2007-2009
6.8
7.6
6.7
12.2
2008-2010
5.2
8.8
4.6
11.4

Non-Indigenous

Males
2005-2007
5.0
5.2
4.2
3.6
2006-2008
4.9
5.3
3.5
4.4
2007-2009
4.6
5.2
4.0
4.8
2008-2010
4.6
5.4
3.8
4.2
Females
2005-2007
3.9
4.3
3.8
4.9
2006-2008
3.7
4.1
3.2
3.3
2007-2009
3.7
4.2
3.1
2.9
2008-2010
3.5
4.0
3.0
3.2
Persons
2005-2007
4.5
4.8
4.0
4.2
2006-2008
4.3
4.7
3.4
3.8
2007-2009
4.1
4.7
3.5
3.9
2008-2010
4.1
4.7
3.4
3.7

Total(d)

Males
2005-2007
5.2
5.7
4.6
10.1
2006-2008
5.1
5.7
3.7
8.8
2007-2009
4.7
5.6
4.1
8.3
2008-2010
4.8
6.0
3.8
7.5
Females
2005-2007
4.1
4.5
3.9
7.8
2006-2008
3.9
4.4
3.4
6.7
2007-2009
3.8
4.5
3.3
6.0
2008-2010
3.6
4.4
3.1
6.0
Persons
2005-2007
4.7
5.1
4.3
9.0
2006-2008
4.5
5.1
3.5
7.8
2007-2009
4.3
5.1
3.7
7.2
2008-2010
4.2
5.2
3.5
6.8

(a) Infant deaths per 1,000 live births. The volatility in infant mortality rates is partially due to the relatively small number of infant deaths registered.
(b) Data are for NSW, Qld, SA and NT only, based on state or territory of usual residence. Victoria, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory are excluded due to small numbers of registered Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander deaths. WA data are excluded due to an ongoing investigation into unusual volatility in 2007, 2008 and 2009. See paragraph 36 of the Explanatory Notes.
(c) Care should be taken when interpreting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander deaths data for Queensland for 2010. See Technical Note: Registration of outstanding deaths, Queensland, 2010, and paragraph 36 of the Explanatory Notes.
(d) Includes deaths for which Indigenous status was not stated.






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