DEATHS AND MORTALITY RATES
- 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%).