Congenital anomalies are a cause of child death and disability, and a major cause of perinatal death. The AIHW is re-establishing a national congenital anomalies data collection and this is the first report it has released on congenital anomalies since 2008. Based on data from 6 jurisdictions it presents information on congenital anomalies in babies born in 2016 that were diagnosed up to 12 months of age. Over 8,900 (3%) babies were born with a congenital anomaly in 2016—around 32 babies per 1,000 births.

  • Cat. no: PER 119