The National Mortality Database (NMD) holds records for deaths in Australia from 1964. The database comprises information about causes of death and other characteristics of the person, such as sex, age at death, area of usual residence and Indigenous status.

Collection details

Temporal coverage

from 1/1/1964 to 31/12/2019

Geographical coverage

National and state


Data availability

  • Publications
  • Summary tables published in electronic form

Client specified tables on request which may be subject to data provider approval (charges apply).

There are restrictions and limitations governing the availability or use of other data in this holding.

Data scope

All deaths in Australia.


Admin data

Metadata information and data quality statement (DQS)

DQS underpinning the NMD can be found in the following ABS publications:

ABS quality declaration summary for Deaths, Australia

ABS quality declaration summary for Causes of death, Australia

External links and information

Deaths data at AIHW

National Mortality Database (NMD)


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