The AIHW thanks and acknowledges the large contribution by staff from a range of organisations in providing datasets and advice in the production of this report. These organisations are:
- Department of Defence
- Department of Veteran’s Affairs
- Australian Bureau of Statistics
- National Coronial Information System
- Department of Justice and Community Safety (Victoria)
- Royal Commission into Defence and Veterans Suicides
Ethical approval for the study was provided by the AIHW Ethics Committee and the Departments of Defence and Veterans’ Affairs Human Research Ethics Committee. The NCIS analysis approval was provided by Justice Human Research Ethics Committee, Coroners Court of Victoria, Tasmanian Coroners Court, and Western Australia Coronial Ethics Committee.
The AIHW also thanks and acknowledges contributions of internal staff from the AIHW; Data Integration Service Centre who conducted the data-linkage, Ethics Privacy and Legal Unit who facilitated the ethics approval process and the Specialist Capability Unit who provided statistical guidance in the methods used for analysis.
The AIHW thanks those AIHW Veterans Advisory Group members who provided review: Professor Libby Roughead, Ms Louise Gates, Mr Ken Foster, Ms Sandi Laaksonen-Sherrin, Prof Jenny Firman, and internal reviews from staff from the AIHW Data Custodian Units: Burden of Disease & Mortality Unit and Suicide and Self-harm Monitoring Unit.
Finally, the AIHW also thanks Mindframe for providing review and advice on the appropriate and sensitive way to report on suicide.
Data quality statement
The data quality statement underpinning the NDI can be found at: National Death Index (NDI), Data Quality Statement
The data quality statements underpinning the AIHW National Mortality Database can be found in the following Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) publications:
- ABS quality declaration summary for Deaths, Australia methodology, 2021
- ABS quality declaration summary for Causes of Death, Australia methodology, 2020.
10 March 2023 – The downloadable excel ‘Data tables’ has been updated for a minor correction. In addition, a minor typographical update was made to the report text.
Note that for these changes, the overall conclusions of this report remain the same, there were no sensitivities around any of the changes, and changes to any numbers were not of statistical significance.
16 December 2022 - The downloadable Excel data tables and PDF infographic have been updated for minor corrections. In addition, minor typographical and editorial updates were made to the report text.
Note that for all changes, the overall conclusions of this report remain the same, there were no sensitivities around any of the changes, and changes to any numbers were not of statistical significance.