1.22 All causes age-standardised death rates

This measure reports on the number of deaths of Indigenous Australians.

Why is it important?

This measure reports on the death rate from all causes. The death rate of a population provides a summary measure of the overall health status of that population. Death rates are a useful measure with which to compare the overall health status of different populations and to monitor changes in overall health status of populations over time. The rate for Indigenous Australians is 1.7 times that for non‑Indigenous Australians, indicating that the overall health status is worse for Indigenous Australians. Mortality rates are also used as an annual progress measure for the COAG target to close the gap in life expectancy by 2031, as life expectancy estimates are only available every 5 years (AHMAC 2017).

Related measures

Data sources

  • National Mortality Database
  • National Perinatal Data Collection
  • New Zealand Ministry of Health: Deaths from all causes by age, sex and ethnicity


  • AHMAC 2017. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2017 report. Canberra: AHMAC.