3302.0 - Deaths, Australia, 2015 Quality Declaration
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 28/09/2016
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There were 159,052 deaths registered in Australia in 2015, 5,472 more than the number registered in 2014 (153,580). Over three quarters (77.5%) of these deaths were to usual residents of New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. Since 2005, the number of deaths registered has increased by around 1.9% per year on average for males and 2.0% 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.
Male and female deaths
There were more male deaths (81,330) registered in 2015 than female deaths (77,722), resulting in a sex ratio of 104.6 male deaths for every 100 female deaths. The distribution of deaths registered in 2015 by age group and sex is illustrated in graph 1.2.
Source(s): Deaths, Australia, various years
(a) Excludes deaths for which age was not stated.
In 2015, the median age at death was 78.7 years for males and 85.0 years for females. This was an increase of 0.2 years each for both males and females since 2014. Over the past 10 years, the median age at death has increased by 1.9 years for males and 2.1 years for females at the national level. In 2015, the highest median age at death for males was in Victoria (79.8 years) and for females in South Australia (85.7 years). The lowest medians were in the Northern Territory (63.1 years and 63.7 years respectively).
States and territories
The following table shows the distribution of deaths registered in Australia's states and territories.
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