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

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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 South Australia, there were 14,052 deaths, 715 more than the number registered in 2016 (13,337).

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 South Australia

In 2017, Onkaparinga recorded more deaths (1,251) than any other local government area. In this list, Port Adelaide-Enfield recorded the highest standardised death rate (6.5 deaths per 1,000 population). The following table shows the top 10 local government areas of deaths registered in South Australia.

Local Government Area

Number of Deaths

Standardised Death Rates (per 1000 population)

Onkaparinga 1,251 5.6
Port Adelaide-Enfield 1,038 6.5
Charles Sturt 1,027 5.6
Salisbury 1,002 6.4
Marion 713 5.1
Tea Tree Gully 677 5.0
Playford 613 7.1
West Torrens 572 5.3
Mitcham 528 4.4
Unley 460 6.2



South Australia deaths compared to other states

In 2017, (8.7%) of deaths in Australia were to residents of South Australia. 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



160 909




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