Suicide rate, 2018
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Indicator|
|Short name:||Suicide rate, 2018|
|Registration status:||Health, Candidate 09/08/2018|
The number of suicides per 100,000 Australians.
|Indicator set:||Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan, 2018 Health, Candidate 09/08/2018|
Collection and usage attributes
The registration of deaths in Australia is the responsibility of state and territory Registrars of Births, Deaths and Marriages. As part of the registration process, information about the cause of death is supplied by the medical practitioner certifying the death or by a coroner. The information is provided to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) by individual Registrars for coding and compilation into aggregate statistics. In addition, the ABS supplements this data with information from the National Coronial Information System (NCIS).
Deaths that are referred to a coroner can take time to be fully investigated. To account for this, the ABS undertakes a revisions process for those deaths where coronial investigations remained open at the time an initial cause of death was assigned. Data are deemed preliminary when first published, revised when published the following year and final when published after a second year.
(Numerator ÷ Denominator) × 100,000
|Numerator data elements:|
Total Australian population
|Denominator data elements:|
Consumer attributes: age, sex, state/territory, and Indigenous status.
Rates for Indigenous Australians are age-standardised.
|Disaggregation data elements:|
|Unit of measure:||Person|
Indicator conceptual framework
|Framework and dimensions:||Less avoidable harm|
Data source attributes
Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan
|Organisation responsible for providing data:|
Australian Bureau of Statistics
|Further data development / collection required:|
Source and reference attributes
Mental Health Information Strategy Standing Committee
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See also Australian Health Performance Framework: PI 3.4.4–Mortality due to suicide, 2019 Health, Standardisation pending 03/12/2019