3302.0 - Deaths, Australia, 2010 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 10/11/2011   
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  • There were 143,500 deaths registered in Australia in 2010, approximately 2,700 (1.9%) more than the number registered in 2009 (140,800).
  • The standardised death rate (SDR) decreased to 5.7 deaths per 1,000 standard population in 2010, down from 5.8 in 2009.
  • Over the past 20 years, SDRs have decreased for all states and territories.
  • In 2010, the Northern Territory recorded the highest SDR (7.7 deaths per 1,000 standard population), and the Australian Capital Territory recorded the lowest (5.3 deaths per 1,000 standard population).
  • Over the past 20 years, death rates have declined for both males and females for all age groups. The largest proportional decreases in male age-specific death rates over this period occurred for ages 1-4 years (down 57%) and 20-24 years (down 55%). The largest proportional decrease (down 53%) was found in the female zero year old population, followed by females aged 1-4 years and 10-14 years (both down 50%).

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