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Injury deaths by residential remoteness area in Australia

Released November 2020
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injury deaths, 2001-2017
deaths per year on average
residents of major cities


Remoteness areas divide Australia into five classes of remoteness based on a measure of relative access to services. The majority (72.2%) of Australia’s population reside in major cities. The number of people living in major cities and regional areas increased between 2001 and 2017, while the number of residents in remote ares decreased. Those living in non-metropolitan areas have shorter life expectancies, higher levels of injury and less access to health services than their counterparts in major cities.

There were a total of 127,854 injury deaths reported to a coroner from 2001 to 2017. Almost two thirds (60.9%) of injury deaths were of residents of major cities of Australia. The highest rates of injury deaths per 100,000 residents in 2017 were recorded in very remote South Australia and Tasmania (79.8 and 78.9, respectively).

Data sources

The data was extracted from the NCIS in August 2020. The data set contained every fatality of a person with an Australian residential address that was reported to an Australian coroner between 1 January 2001 and 31 December 2017. Cases were included where the coronial investigation had concluded and the case was closed on the NCIS.

See explanatory notes for information on data sources and limitations, including information about NCIS geocoding. For further data, request a data report.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) provides more information about remoteness areas.


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