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There were 153,580 deaths registered in Australia in 2014, 5,902 more than the number registered in 2013 (147,678). Since 2004, the number of deaths registered has increased by around 1.4% per year on average for males and 1.6% per year for females, with year-to-year fluctuations (see graph 1.1). For detailed data, see data cube Table 1: Deaths, Summary, States and territories - 2004 to 2014, from the Downloads tab.
Footnote(s): (a) A new confidentiality method has been applied. See CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE (go to the Summary tab and then IN THIS ISSUE).
Male and female deaths
There were more male deaths (78,341) registered in 2014 than female deaths (75,239), resulting in a sex ratio of 104.1 male deaths for every 100 female deaths. The distribution of deaths registered in 2014 by age group and sex is illustrated in graph 1.2.
Source(s): Deaths, Australia, various years
(a) A new confidentiality method has been applied. See CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE (go to the Summary tab and then IN THIS ISSUE).
(b) Excludes deaths for which age was not stated.
In 2014, the median age at death was 78.5 years for males and 84.8 years for females. This was an increase of 0.1 years for males and 0.2 years for females since 2013. Over the past 10 years, the median age at death has increased by 1.9 years for males and 2.2 years for females at the national level. In 2014, the highest median ages for both males and females were in South Australia (80.1 years and 85.6 years respectively) and the lowest were in the Northern Territory (62.9 years and 63.8 years respectively).
States and territories
The following table shows the distribution of deaths registered in Australia's states and territories.
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