3302.0 - Deaths, Australia, 2018 Quality Declaration 
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Deaths

  • There were 158,493 deaths registered in Australia, 2,416 less than the number registered in the previous year (160,909).
  • Over three quarters (77.4%) of these deaths were to usual residents of New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland combined.
  • Since 2008, the number of deaths registered has increased by around 1.1% per year on average for males and 0.8% per year for females, with year-to-year fluctuations (see graph 1.1).

For detailed data, see ABS.Stat Datasets - Deaths, Year of registration, Summary data, Sex, States, Territories and Australia, from the Downloads tab.

1.1 Deaths registered - 1913 to 2018

Deaths registered, Australia - 1913 to 2018. There were 158,493 deaths registered in Australia in 2018, 2,416 less than the number registered in 2017 (160,909).
Source(s): Australian Historical Population Statistics (3105.0.65.001); Deaths, Australia (3302.0)


Male and female deaths
  • There were more male deaths (82,320) registered than female deaths (76,173), resulting in a sex ratio of 108.1 male deaths for every 100 female deaths.

The distribution of deaths registered in 2018 by age group and sex is illustrated in graph 1.2.

1.2 Deaths(a), Australia, age and sex - 2018

Deaths, Australia, Age & Sex - 2018. There were more male deaths (82,320) registered in 2018 than female deaths (76,173), resulting in a sex ratio of 108.1 male deaths for every 100 female deaths.
(a) Excludes deaths for which age was not stated.

Source(s): Deaths, Australia (3302.0)

Median age
  • Median age at death was 78.9 years for males and 84.8 years for females.
  • There has been no change in median age at death for males since 2015.
  • The median age at death for females decreased slightly from 85.0 years to 84.8 years, back to the same median age at death as was in 2014.
  • Over the past ten years, median age at death has increased by 1.0 years for males and 0.9 years for females at the national level.
  • The highest median age at death was in Victoria and South Australia for males (80.1 years) and in Victoria for females (85.4 years).
  • The lowest medians were in the Northern Territory (64.7 years and 67.9 years respectively).

States and territories

The following table shows the distribution of deaths registered in Australia's states and territories.


1.3 Deaths registered, States and territories - 2008, 2017 and 2018

2008
2017(a)
2018
2018
State or territory of usual residence
no.
no.
no.
%

New South Wales
48 782
52 778
53 633
33.8
Victoria
35 497
39 791
38 231
24.1
Queensland
27 335
31 555
30 860
19.5
South Australia
12 616
14 052
13 571
8.6
Western Australia
12 752
14 494
14 652
9.2
Tasmania
4 219
4 780
4 287
2.7
Northern Territory
1 041
1 106
1 110
0.7
Australian Capital Territory
1 697
2 320
2 127
1.3
Australia(b)
143 946
160 909
158 493
100.0

(a) Deaths occurred on Norfolk Island from 1 July 2016 are included in this publication. See Explanatory Note 5 for more information.
(b) Includes Other Territories.