Deaths in Australia


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Deaths in Australia

In 2020, there were 161,300 deaths registered in Australia. That is about 3,102 per week.

The average annual number of deaths for the last 6 years has been 161,260.

Sixty-six per cent of deaths registered in Australia in 2020 were among people aged 75 or over.
This means:
106,370 Age 75 and over (average 2,046 per week)
54,929 Under 75 (average 1,056 per week)

Deaths in Australia 2020

There were 161,300 registered deaths in 2020, an increase of 8,001 since 2019.
The standardised death rate reduced to 4.9 deaths, from 5.3 in 2019.
Infant deaths reduced by 68 deaths to 943.
ABS Report Released: 24/09/2021
https://www.abs.gov.au/statistics/people/population/deaths-australia/latest-release
Next release due 29/09/2022

Deaths in Australia 2019

There were 169,301 registered deaths in 2019, an increase of 10,808 since 2018.
The standardised death rate increased to 5.3 deaths, from 5.1 in 2018
Infant deaths increased by 21 deaths to 1,009
That 169,301 deaths is about 3,255 per week.
Sixty-six per cent of deaths registered in Australia in 2019 were among people aged 75 or over.
This means:
111,738 Age 75 and over (average 2,148 per week)
57,563 Under 75 (average 1,106 per week)
ABS Report Released: 24/09/2020
https://www.abs.gov.au/statistics/people/population/deaths-australia/latest-release
Next release due 29/09/2021

Deaths in Australia 2018

There were 158,493 registered deaths in 2018, a reduction of 2,416 since 2017.
The standardised death rate increased to 5.1 deaths, from 5.3 in 2017.
Infant deaths decreased by 31 deaths to 988.


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Deaths in Australia 2017

There were 160,909 registered deaths in 2017, an increase of 2,405 since 2016.
The standardised death rate reduced to 5.3 deaths, from 5.4 in 2016.
Infant deaths increased by 49 deaths to 1,019.

Deaths in Australia 2016

There were 158,504 registered deaths in 2016, a reduction of 546 since 2015.
The standardised death rate reduced to 5.4 deaths, from 5.5 in 2015
Infant deaths reduced by 21 deaths to 970.

Deaths in Australia 2015

There were 159,052 registered deaths in 2015.
The standardised death rate was 5.5 deaths.
Infant deaths were 991.

Registered Deaths in Australia

Full Year Daily Average Change
2021 %
2020 161,300 441 -4.96%
2019 169,301 464 6.91%
2018 158,493 434 -1.59%
2017 160,909 441 1.61%
2016 158,504 434 -0.46%
2015 159,052 436

The average annual number of deaths for the last 6 years has been 161,260.

Source: https://www.abs.gov.au/statistics/people/population/deaths-australia/latest-release

2020 figures are due for release on 29th September 2021.

* The standardised death rate (SDR) is expressed as deaths per 1,000 standard population.

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  1. If you feel like sending $5 to buy me a cup of coffee, please click the donate button.
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  2. Australia appears to have done exceptionally well in keeping down the numbers of COVID-19 related deaths. This is shown when comparing against the figures from the UK. These statistics show that the total UK deaths increased by about 75,000, in 2020, which is a very similar number to the numbers related to COVID-19.

    Annual Deaths in the United Kingdom

    The total number of deaths in the United Kingdom was about 75,000 higher in 2020, than the average of the previous 4 years.

    The number of COVID-19 related deaths in the UK totalled 77,119 at 4 December 2020.

    2020: 608,002
    2019: 530,841
    2018: 541,589
    2017: 533,253
    2016: 525,655

    Source: https://www.ons.gov.uk/aboutus/transparencyandgovernance/freedomofinformationfoi/deathsintheukfrom1990to2020

    COVID-19 Deaths in the UK

    COVID-19 has been mentioned on 69,771 death certificates in England and Wales in the year to 4 December 2020, 1,480 COVID-19 related deaths registered in Northern Ireland, and 5,868 deaths involving COVID-19 registered in Scotland. This is a total of 77,119.

    Source: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/conditionsanddiseases/articles/coronaviruscovid192020incharts/2020-12-18

  3. Provisional Mortality Statistics for 2020

    Deaths from Influenza and pneumonia.
    2,131 in 2020
    3,332 average for 2015-19

    Deaths from Influenza.
    42 in 2020
    609 average for 2015-19

    Deaths from Pneumonia.
    2,089 in 2020
    2,723 average for 2015-19

    Deaths from Respiratory diseases
    12,022 in 2020
    14,350 average for 2015-19

    Deaths from Chronic lower respiratory conditions.
    6,680 in 2020
    7,652 average for 2015-19

    Deaths from Cancer.
    47,919 in 2020
    46,074 average for 2015-19

    Deaths from Dementia.
    14,488 in 2020
    13,503 average for 2015-19

    Deaths from Diabetes.
    4,860 in 2020
    4,453 average for 2015-19

    Deaths from Ischaemic heart disease.
    13,473 in 2020
    15,082 average for 2015-19

    Deaths from Cerebrovascular diseases.
    8,982 in 2020
    9,745 average for 2015-19

  4. Provisional Mortality Statistics for 2020

    141,116 doctor certified deaths occurred between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2020 and were registered by 28 February 2021.
    This equates to an average of 385.6 deaths per day, in line with the baseline average of 385.8.

    140,892 doctor certified deaths was the average for the 2015-19 years.

    This was an increase of 224 deaths comparing 2020 to the 2015-2019 average

    832 deaths were recorded for COVID-19 in the 2020 year.

    • Influenza and pneumonia deaths were 36.0% lower than the historical average.
    • Deaths due to cancer were above historical averages by 4.0%
    • Deaths due to dementia were above historical averages by 7.3%
    • Deaths due to diabetes were above historical averages by 9.1%
    • Deaths due to respiratory disease were 16.2% lower than historical averages.
    • Deaths due to ischaemic heart disease were 10.7% below average for the year.
    • Deaths due to cerebrovascular diseases were 7.8% below average for the year.

    https://www.abs.gov.au/statistics/health/causes-death/provisional-mortality-statistics/jan-dec-2020

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