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

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In Australia, there were 160,909 deaths registered in 2017. This was 2,405 more than the number registered in 2016 (158,504). Compared to New South Wales and Victoria, the number of deaths in Western Australia is relatively low, with 14,494 deaths. This was 345 less than the number registered in 2016 (14,839).

However, 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 Ten Areas for Deaths in Western Australia

In 2017, Stirling recorded more deaths (1,352) than any other local government area. In this list, Rockingham and Mandurah recorded the highest standardised death rate (5.7 deaths per 1,000 population). The following table shows the top 10 local government areas for deaths registered in Western Australia.

Local Government Area  

Number of Deaths


Standardised Death Rates (per 1000 population)
Stirling 1,352 4.8
Wanneroo 774 5.4
Mandurah 746 5.7
Joondalup 721 4.4
Melville 696 4.0
Rockingham 674 5.7
Gosnells 569 5.2
Bayswater 519 2.0
Cockburn 498 5.2
Canning 429 4.8



Western Australia deaths compared to other states

Compared to the other states, only (9.0%) of deaths in Australia were from residents of Western 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
AUSTRALIA 160 909 100.0



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The financial performance of funeral homes in Western Australia 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 Western Australia 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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