Deaths, Year of occurrence, Age at death, Age-specific death rates, Sex, States, Territories and Australia
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Presents statistics on deaths and mortality for Australia, states and territories. Information on characteristics of the deceased include place of usual residence, age at death, sex, Indigenous status and country of birth. Information is also provided on infant deaths and death rates. Death statistics are used as an input into the calculation of quarterly population estimates. Death statistics are also used in the analysis of mortality in Australia. Trends in mortality are used in the development of assumptions on future levels of mortality for population projections.

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For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.

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Death registrations collected by individual state and territory Registries of Births, Deaths and Marriages. For further information, refer to Explanatory Notes - Data Sources

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Yearly - based on calendar year.

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Administrative

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Australian mortality information is released annually. For further information, refer to the Past & Future Releases tab of this release.

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Annual - flow.

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This dataset refers to calendar years commencing from 1971.

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For a list of available characteristics, refer to the Explanatory Notes tab - Characteristics available (Appendix).

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This dataset contains data presented at state, territory and Australia level. Further disaggregation for selected data at lower levels of geography are available from the downloads tab.

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Estimated Resident Population (ERP) includes all usual residents of Australia at 30 June. For further information on ERP, refer to the Explanatory Notes tab - Glossary. ERP is subject to revisions which affect rates, primarily for the two most recent years. For information on ERP revisions, refer to the Summary tab - In This Issue.

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Deaths registered in Australia. For further information, refer to Explanatory Notes - Scope and Coverage. Deaths occurred on Norfolk Island from 1 July 2016 are included in this publication for the first time. This is due to the introduction of the Norfolk Island Legislation Amendment Act 2015. Norfolk Island deaths are included in statistics for "Other Territories" as well as totals for all of Australia. Deaths occurring on Norfolk Island prior to 1 July 2016 were not in scope for death statistics.

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Age Group - Data is aggregated into age groups to produce more stable estimates. Age not stated in rate calculations - For standardised death rates and age-specific death rates age not stated has been prorated across single years and age groups. Australia - Includes Other Territories.

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Death records with Sex not stated are imputed to be either Male or Female.

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For definitions and information regarding rates and measures, refer to the Explanatory Notes tab - Glossary.

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Refer to the Explanatory Notes Tab - Quality Declaration - Summary and Explanatory Notes - Data Quality.

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Confidentiality - Where necessary, tables in this dataset have had small values randomised to protect confidentiality. As a result, sums of components may not add exactly to totals. Cells with 0 values have not been affected by randomisation. These very minor adjustments allow for a greater amount of data to be released, and do not affect the utility of the data. Accordingly, the ABS does not recommend summing small cells together to aggregate data.

Deaths, Year of occurrence, Age at death, Age-specific death rates, Sex, States, Territories and AustraliaAbstract

Presents statistics on deaths and mortality for Australia, states and territories. Information on characteristics of the deceased include place of usual residence, age at death, sex, Indigenous status and country of birth. Information is also provided on infant deaths and death rates. Death statistics are used as an input into the calculation of quarterly population estimates. Death statistics are also used in the analysis of mortality in Australia. Trends in mortality are used in the development of assumptions on future levels of mortality for population projections.

Contact person/organisation

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.

Data source(s) used

Administrative

Name of collection/source

This dataset relates to Deaths, Australia (cat. no. 3302.0), available from the ABS website.

Deaths_Australiahttp://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/Lookup/3302.0Main+Features12014?OpenDocument
Direct source

Death registrations collected by individual state and territory Registries of Births, Deaths and Marriages. For further information, refer to Explanatory Notes - Data Sources

Explanatory Noteshttp://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/Lookup/3302.0Explanatory%20Notes12014?OpenDocument
Source Periodicity

Yearly - based on calendar year.

Variables collected

For a list of available characteristics, refer to the Explanatory Notes tab - Characteristics available (Appendix).

Periodicity

Annual - flow.

Reference period

This dataset refers to calendar years commencing from 1971.

Link to Release calendar

Australian mortality information is released annually. For further information, refer to the Past & Future Releases tab of this release.

Statistical population

Deaths registered in Australia. For further information, refer to Explanatory Notes - Scope and Coverage. Deaths occurred on Norfolk Island from 1 July 2016 are included in this publication for the first time. This is due to the introduction of the Norfolk Island Legislation Amendment Act 2015. Norfolk Island deaths are included in statistics for "Other Territories" as well as totals for all of Australia. Deaths occurring on Norfolk Island prior to 1 July 2016 were not in scope for death statistics.

Geographic coverage

This dataset contains data presented at state, territory and Australia level. Further disaggregation for selected data at lower levels of geography are available from the downloads tab.

Population coverage

Estimated Resident Population (ERP) includes all usual residents of Australia at 30 June. For further information on ERP, refer to the Explanatory Notes tab - Glossary. ERP is subject to revisions which affect rates, primarily for the two most recent years. For information on ERP revisions, refer to the Summary tab - In This Issue.

Key statistical concept

For definitions and information regarding rates and measures, refer to the Explanatory Notes tab - Glossary.

Aggregation & consolidation

Age Group - Data is aggregated into age groups to produce more stable estimates. Age not stated in rate calculations - For standardised death rates and age-specific death rates age not stated has been prorated across single years and age groups. Australia - Includes Other Territories.

Imputation

Death records with Sex not stated are imputed to be either Male or Female.

Recommended uses and limitations

Confidentiality - Where necessary, tables in this dataset have had small values randomised to protect confidentiality. As a result, sums of components may not add exactly to totals. Cells with 0 values have not been affected by randomisation. These very minor adjustments allow for a greater amount of data to be released, and do not affect the utility of the data. Accordingly, the ABS does not recommend summing small cells together to aggregate data.

Quality comments

Refer to the Explanatory Notes Tab - Quality Declaration - Summary and Explanatory Notes - Data Quality.