3302.0 - Deaths, Australia, 2014 Quality Declaration 
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DEATHS


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.

Graph Image for 1.1 DEATHS REGISTERED(a) - 1914 to 2014

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).

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



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.

Graph Image for 1.2 DEATHS(a), Australia, Age(b) and sex


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).
(b) Excludes deaths for which age was not stated.

Median age

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.


1.2 DEATHS REGISTERED, States and territories - 2004, 2013 and 2014

2004
2013
2014(a)
2014
State or territory of usual residence
no.
no.
no.
%

New South Wales
46 440
50 396
52 320
34.1
Victoria
32 522
35 916
38 042
24.8
Queensland
24 514
27 901
28 704
18.7
South Australia
11 629
12 804
13 262
8.6
Western Australia
11 184
13 414
13 787
9.0
Tasmania
3 892
4 444
4 476
2.9
Northern Territory
893
1 097
1 168
0.8
Australian Capital Territory
1 423
1 700
1 813
1.2
Australia(b)
132 508
147 678
153 580
100.0

(a) A new confidentiality method has been applied. See CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE (go to the Summary tab and then IN THIS ISSUE).
(b) Includes Other Territories.