National Suicide Data
Each year the Australian Bureau of Statistics(ABS) releases the Causes of Death data.
This release includes preliminary suicide death data for the year prior and revised suicide data for year the before.
For the first time in 2018, Life in Mind, the national suicide prevention gateway is hosting an extensive snapshot of the 2017 Causes of Death data and summaries on the website.
These expertly interpreted and analysed summaries have been developed to inform and educate the suicide prevention sector and wider community on the key findings.
Analysis and interpretation
Mindframe, works closely with the ABS to examine, contextualise and distill the data for use by media, stakeholders and government.
This is to ensure that these yearly complex and highly specific figures are interpreted correctly and reported to the public safely.
Understanding the data
The Life in Mind and Mindframe teams are encouraging the community and stakeholders to be mindful of the following details when sharing and discussing the latest ABS information.
Note about using statistics
- This is a summary of suicide death data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on 26 September 2018 in Catalogue 3303.0.
- This summary represents suicide rates and trends in the 2017 (preliminary) data, trends by age group over time and state variations.
- This is the third year that the ABS have released the preliminary data at an earlier date. Suicide data is now released nine months (in September) after end of year. Before 2016, suicide data was released 15 months after end of year.
- This release includes 2016 and 2017 preliminary data, 2015 first-revision data and 2014 final data. The second and final revision for 2015 and the first revision for 2016 will be released in early 2019.