Statistics and Indicators

Deaths - intentional self harm/suicide


    Age standardised mortality rate for suicide, by sex ACT and Australia, 2007 to 2017

    • Mortality statistics published on ACT HealthStats ACT are based on the Cause Of Death Unit Record File (CODURF) provided by the Australian Coordinating Registry (ACR) and are reported by year of occurrence.
    • The Australian Bureau of Statistics reports deaths based on the year the death was registered. There can be lags in the registration of deaths with the state or territory registries. Consequently, not all deaths are registered in the year that they occur.
    • Rates presented on HealthStats ACT are the finalised figures for suicide in the ACT and nationally.
    • The coronial process can take several years, particularly where an inquest is held or complex investigations are being undertaken. Therefore, there is a delay in reporting deaths through this process. The Australian Bureau of Statistics accesses the National Coronial Information System (NCIS) to obtain cause of death information for coroner-referred deaths including suicides. 


    To access the data please click on the "View source data" link at the bottom of the visualisation. This link will open up a data table that you can download. 

    The data contained in this dataset is based on the Cause Of Death Unit Record File (CODURF) provided by the Australian Coordinating Registry (ACR), the data has been aggregated based on either a single or grouped ICD-10* classification.

    The ACT deaths data is collected and maintained by the ACT registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages (ACT RBDM), which records all medical conditions that directly caused or contributed to the death and were applicable, ie the circumstances surrounding a death (eg. motor vehicle accident). 

    The National Coronial Information System (NCIS) records and stores information relating to coroner  certified deaths for the purposes of retrieval, analysis, interpretation and dissemination to allow for informed death and injury prevention activities.

    The Australian Coordinating Registry (ACR) is an agency appointed by state and territory RBDMs and coroners to coordinate and manage approval of coded deaths data. 

    *The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems Tenth Revision

    Disease groups were defined as per the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Volume 84, Number 4, April 2006, 297-304