Notes on the data: Youth mortality: Death of persons aged 15 to 24 years

Total deaths, persons aged 15 to 24 years, 2011 to 2015


Policy context:  In 2015 there were 1,154 deaths of persons aged 15 to 24 years, of which over two thirds (70.8%) were male.

The proportion of the youth population (15 - 24 years) who committed suicide in this period (2011 to 2015) at 30.7%, is higher than at any other age group, with the proportion declining with age, to 25.1% in the 25 to 34 year age group and 16.3% in the 35 to 44 year age group.

Just under one third (31.9%) of male deaths and around 28.1% of female deaths between 15 and 24 years were from intentional self-harm (suicide). The next highest proportion for females was deaths as an occupant of a car injured in a transport accident (16.5%), with a lower proportion for males (15.1%).

The age-specific death rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males and females in New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory over the years 2010 to 2014 were 1.6 and 1.7 times higher than for non-Indigenous males and females, respectively [1]. Note that information is not available for Victoria, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory because of the small number of deaths registered in those jurisdictions.


  1. Australian Indigenous Health InfoNet, Mortality. Available from

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. This release is comprised of preliminary data for 2015, revised data for 2014 and final data for 2011, 2012 and 2013. For further information about the ABS revisions process, see the following and related sites:


Geography: Data available by Population Health Area, Local Government Area, Primary Health Network, Quintiles and Remoteness Areas

Numerator:  All deaths of people aged 15 to 24 years


Denominator:  Total population aged 15 to 24 years


Detail of analysis:  Average annual indirectly age-standardised rate per 100,000 population (aged 15 to 24 years); and/or indirectly age-standardised ratio, based on the Australian standard.


Source:  Data compiled by PHIDU from deaths data based on the 2011 to 2015 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 2011 to 30 June 2015.


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