ABS data summary 2018

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) provides in-depth data and statistical information around suicide related deaths across Australia.

Mindframe supports media professionals to communicate and contextualise the statistical information safely to the public, through advice, infographics and downloadable summaries.

Causes of Death key data

  • In 2018, preliminary data showed a total of 3,046 deaths by suicide (age-specific suicide rate 12.2 per 100,000), 2,320 males (18.7 per 100,000) and 726 females (5.8 per 100,000).
  • Consistently over the past 10 years, the number of suicide deaths was approximately three times higher in males than females.
  • All states and territories had a decrease in numbers of suicide deaths, except for New South Wales that had an increase from 880 in 2017 to 899 in 2018.
  • In 2018, there has been a decrease of suicide deaths from 3,128 deaths in 2017 (12.7 per 100,000).

Infographic summaries of the 2018 data

The infographics below provide a visual summary for quick reference.

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