The latest statistical snapshot on deaths by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) raises some interesting data for the funeral industry in New South Wales.

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In 2018, there were 158,493 deaths registered in Australia, 2,416 less than the number registered in the previous year (160,909). Over three quarters (77.4%) of these deaths occurred in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland combined.

Most states had  lower death rates in 2018, however, in New South Wales, there were 53,633 deaths, 855 more than the number registered in the previous year (52,778).

The following table shows the top 10 local government areas of deaths registered in New South Wales, 2018.


Top 10 Areas for Deaths in New South Wales

Local Government Area  

Number of Deaths


Standardised Death Rates (per 1000 population)
Central Coast 3,335 6.0
Canterbury-Bankstown 2,153 4.9
Lake Macquarie 1,947 5.9
Wollongong 1,700 5.7
Northern Beaches 1,685 4.5
Blacktown 1,604 5.8
Sutherland Shire 1,557 4.6
Newcastle 1,375 6.5
Fairfield 1,212 5.0
Mid-Coast 1,193 6.2



Source: Australia Bureau of Statistics – Deaths, Australia, 2018


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