Notes on the data: Premature mortality by sex - 0 to 74 years

Deaths of females aged 0 to 74 years, 2010 to 2014


Policy context:  Deaths before 75 years of age are classified as ‘premature’. The upper age limit reflects current life expectancy of around 80 years in developed countries [1]. Australian females who were born during the period 2004-2006 had a life expectancy of 83.5 years, while those who were already 74 years of age could expect to live an average of an additional 14.2 years [2]. Females most likely to die prematurely included Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander females; single mothers; those earning low incomes; and those who were unemployed [3].


  1. Page A, Tobias M, Glover J, Wright C, Hetzel D, Fisher E. Australian and New Zealand atlas of avoidable mortality. Adelaide: Public Health Information Development Unit (PHIDU), The University of Adelaide; 2006.
  2. Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Australian historical population statistics, 2008 [Internet]. (ABS Cat. no. 3105.0.65.001). Canberra: ABS; 2008 Aug 5 [cited 2013 Oct 18]. Available from:
  3. Glover J, Harris K, Tennant S. A social health atlas of Australia [second edition] - volume 1: Australia. Adelaide: PHIDU, The University of Adelaide; 1999.

Notes:  For deaths data released since 2007, the ABS has applied a staged approach to the coding of cause of death which affects the number of records available for release at any date. In each release, the latest year’s data is preliminary, the second latest is revised and the data for the remaining years is final. For further information about the ABS revisions process see the following and related sites:


Numerator:  Deaths of females aged 0 to 74 years


Denominator:  Female population aged 0 to 74 years


Detail of analysis:  Average annual indirectly age-standardised rate per 100,000 females (aged 0 to 74 years); and/or indirectly age-standardised ratio, based on the Australian standard.


Source:  Data compiled by PHIDU from deaths data based on the 2010 to 2014 Cause of Death Unit Record Files supplied by the Australian Coordinating Registry and the Victorian Department of Justice, on behalf of the Registries of Births, Deaths and Marriages and the National Coronial Information System. The population is the ABS Estimated Resident Population (ERP) for Australia, 30 June 2010 to 30 June 2014.


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