The National Death Index (NDI) is a database developed and maintained by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), in Canberra. The database is a listing of all deaths that have occurred in Australia since 1980. It is an invaluable tool for epidemiologists and clinicians in following up research cohorts using record linkage.

Note: The National Death Index cannot be used to locate missing family members. We recommend you contact the registry of births, deaths, and marriages in your state or territory to advise you on how best to proceed.

Collection details

Temporal coverage

from 1/1/1980

Geographical coverage


Data availability

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

Data scope

All deaths in Australia since 1980.



Metadata information and data quality statement (DQS)

AIHW National Death Index

National Death Index (NDI) DQS (METEOR 480010)

External links and information 

AIHW National Death Index


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