The latest statistical snapshot on deaths, causes of death and life expectancy in New South Wales raises some interesting data for the death care industry.

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In 2017, there were 160,909 deaths registered in Australia, 2,405 more than the number registered in 2016 (158,504). In New South Wales, there were 52,778 deaths, 916 less than the number registered in 2016 (53,694).

As our population grows and ages, an increase in the number of deaths can be expected. The baby boomers are getting older, and in the next 25 years the number of people who die each year will double.


Top 10 Areas for Deaths in New South Wales

In 2017, Central Coast recorded more deaths (3,236) than any other local government area. From this list, Newcastle recorded the highest standardised death rate (6.7 deaths per 1,000 population). The following table shows the top 10 local government areas of deaths registered in New South Wales.

Local Government Area  

Number of Deaths


Standardised Death Rates (per 1000 population)

Central Coast 3,236 6.0
Canterbury-Bankstown 2,103 5.1
Lake Macquarie 1,930 5.9
Wollongong 1,707 5.8
Northern Beaches 1,688 4.6
Blacktown 1,669 5.9
Sutherland Shire 1,562 4.7
Newcastle 1,349 6.7
Fairfield 1,149 5.2
Mid-Coast 1,133 6.3



New South Wales deaths compared to other states

In 2017, (32.8%) of deaths in Australia were to residents of New South Wales. The following table shows the distribution of deaths registered in Australia’s states and territories.


Number of Deaths


% of Deaths

NSW 52 778 32.8
VIC 39 791 24.7
QLD 31 555 19.6
SA 14 052 8.7
WA 14 494 9.0
TAS 4 780 3.0
NT 1 106 0.7
ACT 2 320 1.4
AUSTRALIA 160 909 100.0



Other Death Facts and Statistics


More males die than females

For nearly all age groups, there were more male deaths (82,858) registered in 2017 than female deaths (78,051), resulting in a sex ratio of 106.2 male deaths for every 100 female deaths. The exceptions were the 5-9 and 10-14 years age groups where the male and female death rates were the same, and 100 years and over where male death rates were slightly lower than females.


Most Australians die at an older age

In 2017, the median age at death was 78.9 years for males and 85.0 years for females. Over the past 10 years, median age at death has increased by 1.4 years for males and 1.5 years for females at the national level. In 2017, the highest median age at death was in Victoria for males (80.2 years) and in South Australia for females (85.8 years). The lowest medians were in the Northern Territory (62.0 years and 65.3 years respectively). Although most Australians would prefer to die at home, the majority of deaths occur in hospital or in residential care.


Infant deaths have increased

In 2017, there were 1,019 infant deaths (deaths of children aged less than one year) registered in Australia (562 boys and 457 girls). This was a 5.1% increase compared with the number registered in 2016 (970). However, over the past 10 years, the number of infant deaths has decreased overall (with some fluctuations) from 1,203 in 2007.


What are the most common causes of death?

Death comes to everyone eventually but in Australia half of the people who died before age 75 could have potentially delayed it if they had taken better care of their health. National health data shows about 40 per cent of mortality in this country in the past five years could be traced to six causes: heart attacks, dementia, lung cancer, strokes, lung disease and diabetes.


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Are you an Independent Funeral Director?

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The financial performance of funeral homes in New South Wales is strongly influenced by the number of deaths in each year. However, medical advances, higher living standards and improved attitudes to health have helped lift the average life expectancy, slowing death-rates.

Together with the expansion of publicly listed companies (InvoCare and Propel Funeral Partners) and increased competition, there is a greater need for independent funeral homes in New South Wales to examine death patterns and marketing strategies to maintain revenue growth.

If you are an independent funeral home and would like to learn more about deaths in your area, please contact Peter Erceg, Owner & Founder of eziFunerals on 0466890703.


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