There were 899 deaths due to COVID-19 registered in 2020, accounting for 0.6% of all deaths in Australia. There were slightly more deaths among females (460 deaths, 51%) than among males (439 deaths, 49%). Note that 2020 data presented in this report are preliminary and subject to further minor revisions by the ABS.
The number (and rates) of deaths increased with increasing age; there were no deaths among those aged under 30 and approximately 2% of all COVID-19 deaths were among those aged 30–59, whereas 59% deaths occurred among those aged 85 and over (Figure 4.1).
While deaths due to COVID-19 were registered among residents of every state and territory in 2020, the majority of deaths were among people residing in Victoria (800 deaths, 89%), followed by people residing in New South Wales (60 deaths, 7%).
For the latest statistics on deaths due to COVID-19, see Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reports Provisional Mortality Statistics and COVID-19 Mortality in Australia, and ‘Chapter 1 The impact of a new disease: COVID-19 from 2020, 2021 and into 2022’ in Australia’s health 2022: data insights (AIHW 2022 forthcoming).
Figure 4.1: Number of deaths and age-specific rates (per 100,000 population) in Australia due to COVID-19, by age and sex, 2020
- COVID-19 is coded to ICD-10 codes U07.1 (COVID-19, virus identified) or U07.2 (COVID-19, virus not identified). Only deaths where COVID-19 was the underlying cause of death are included.
- A correction was received after ABS publication of Causes of Death, Australia, 2020, therefore the number of COVID-19 deaths registered in 2020 published in this report differs slightly to the number previously published by the ABS.
Source: AIHW National Mortality Database (Table S4.1).