3302.0 - Deaths, Australia, 2018 Quality Declaration 
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Infant deaths

  • There were 988 infant deaths (deaths of children aged less than one year) registered in Australia (571 boys and 417 girls).
  • This was a 3.0% decrease compared with the number registered in the previous year (1,019).
  • Over the past ten years, the number of infant deaths has decreased overall (with some fluctuations) from 1,226 in 2008.

For detailed data on infant mortality, see ABS.Stat Datasets - Infant deaths and Infant mortality rates, Year of registration, Age at death, Sex, States, Territories and Australia.

Infant mortality rates
  • Australia has one of the lowest infant mortality rates (IMR) in the world.
  • The IMR was 3.1 infant deaths per 1,000 live births, compared with 3.3 in the previous year.
  • Ten years ago, the IMR was 4.1 deaths per 1,000 live births (see graph 1.5).

1.5 Infant mortality rates(a) - 1913 to 1918
Infant Mortality Rates, Australia - 1913 to 2018. Australia has one of the lowest infant mortality (IMR) rates in the world. In 2018, the IMR was 3.1 infant deaths per 1,000 live births, compared with 3.3 last year.
(a) Infant deaths per 1,000 live births

Source(s): Australian Historical Population Statistics (3105.0.65.001); Deaths, Australia (3302.0)