5-4

5-4. Infant mortality

5-4-1. Infant mortality

5-4-2. Aboriginal infant mortality

Sources

 

5-4-1. Infant mortality

  • Infant mortality is defined as deaths of persons aged under one year of age, expressed here as a rate per 1,000 live births.
  • Over the last decade, Australia's infant mortality rate has been trending statistically significantly downwards. No statistically significant underlying trend over the last decade was identified in the South Australian time series. 1
  • The state rate is equal to the national average of 3.1 infant deaths per 1,000 live births.1
  • South Australia ranks fourth-highest for infant mortality rate of the states and territories (same as Western Australia and Australian Capital Territory).1

 

Infant mortality rate, 2016
Region per 1000
live births
Metropolitan Adelaide n.a.
Country SA n.a.
South Australia 3.1
Australia 3.1

5-4-1 SA

Data source: ABS 2018a

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Infant mortality rate, 2016
State/Territory per 1000
live births
Victoria 2.7
New South Wales 2.7
Australian Capital Territory 3.1
Western Australia 3.1
South Australia 3.1
Tasmania 4.5
Northern Territory 6.9
Australia 3.1

5-4-1 AU

Data source: ABS 2018a

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5-4-2. Aboriginal infant mortality

  • Aboriginal infant mortality is defined as deaths of Aboriginal persons aged under one year of age, expressed here as a rate per 1,000 live Aboriginal births, and then averaged over a three year period due to the small numbers involved.
  • Over the last decade, South Australia's Aboriginal infant mortality rate has been, overall, trending down, from 6.7 Aboriginal infant deaths per 1,000 live Aboriginal births in the period 2004-2006 to 4.2 in the period 2014-2016.2
  • The South Australian figure is below the average of the total of the states and territories that reported data (6.2 Aboriginal infant deaths per 1,000 live Aboriginal births).2
  • Of the five states and territories that published data, South Australia ranks lowest for Aboriginal infant mortality rate.2

 

Aboriginal infant mortality, 2014-2016
Region per 1000
live births
Metropolitan Adelaide n.a.
Country SA n.a.
South Australia 4.2
Total 6.2*

5-4-2 SA

Data source: ABS 2018b

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Aboriginal infant mortality, 2014-2016
State/Territory per 1000
live births
South Australia 4.2
New South Wales 4.6
Queensland 6.3
Western Australia 6.4
Northern Territory 13.9
Aust. Capital Territory n.a.
Tasmania n.a.
Victoria n.a.
Total 6.2*

5-4-2 AU

* Total includes data reported by jurisdiction of usual residence for New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory only

Data source: ABS 2018b


Sources

  1. Based on Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS 2018a), 'Infant deaths and Infant mortality rates, Year of registration, Age at death, Sex, States, Territories and Australia', ABS.Stat (beta), viewed 10 August 2018.
  2. Based on Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS 2018b), 'Deaths, Year of registration, Indigenous status, Summary data, Sex, States, Territories and Australia', ABS.Stat (beta) viewed 10 August 2018.