This publication presents statistics on the number of deaths, for reference year by state or territory of Australia, sex, selected age groups, and cause of death classified to the World Health Organisation's International Classification of Diseases (ICD). Version 10 of the ICD was introduced from the 1999 reference year. Causes of death are presented in the publication in a number of different ways including: by underlying cause, leading causes and multiple causes. Data are also presented for deaths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons, and for suicide deaths.
The 2012 data presented in this publication are preliminary data and will be subject to a revision process. Revised 2011 and final 2010 Causes of Death data are also presented in this publication by underlying cause of death. For further information on the revision process see linked Explanatory Notes and Technical Note.
For the 2007-2009 reference years, perinatals data were released in the Perinatal Deaths, Australia (cat. no. 3304.0) publication. These data are now included in this publication. Statistics on the number of perinatal deaths, for reference year by state or territory of usual residence of Australia, sex and cause of death classified to the World Health Organisation's International Classification of Diseases (ICD) are presented. Data are published for reference years from 2003 to 2012.