Statistics and Indicators

Deaths - all causes


    Age standardised mortality rate for all causes, by sex, ACT and Australia, 2007 to 2017

    Overview of deaths


    • Please note that data from the ABS is reported by year of registration and the 2019 data is subject to further revision. It does not include deaths subject to the coronial process.  The coronial process can take several years if an inquest is being held or complex investigations are being undertaken. Therefore there is a delay in reporting deaths through this process. In addition, there can be lags in the registration of deaths with the state or territory registries and so not all deaths are registered in the year that they occur.
    • In 2019 the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reported that the standardised death rate in the ACT was 4.7 deaths per 1,000 standard population. This was down from 5.4 per 1,000 in 2009 (compared to 5.3 per 1,000 nationally in 2019 and 5.8 per 1,000 in 2009)1.



    1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Deaths Australia 2019.  Cat. 3302.0 ABS Canberra: [Accessed 12/05/21]

    To access the data please click on the "View source data" link at the bottom of the visualisation. This link will open up a data table that you can download. 

    The data contained in this dataset is based on the Cause Of Death Unit Record File (CODURF) provided by the Australian Coordinating Registry (ACR), the data has been aggregated based on either a single or grouped ICD-10* classification.

    The ACT deaths data is collected and maintained by the ACT registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages (ACT RBDM), which records all medical conditions that directly caused or contributed to the death and were applicable, ie the circumstances surrounding a death (eg. motor vehicle accident). 

    The National Coronial Information System (NCIS) records and stores information relating to coroner  certified deaths for the purposes of retrieval, analysis, interpretation and dissemination to allow for informed death and injury prevention activities.

    The Australian Coordinating Registry (ACR) is an agency appointed by state and territory RBDMs and coroners to coordinate and manage approval of coded deaths data. 

    *The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems Tenth Revision

    Disease groups were defined as per the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Volume 84, Number 4, April 2006, 297-304