High excess deaths in Australia

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Provisional Mortality Statistics

Latest release

Provisional deaths data for measuring changes in patterns of mortality

2022, deaths up to 30 June


13,524 (17.1%) more than the historical average.

In June

16,749 deaths, 2,410 (16.8%) above the historical average.

COVID-19 Mortality in Australia

Deaths registered until 31 August 2022

11,441 deaths where people died with or from COVID-19

The ABS expects to receive further registrations for this period

2.7% of people who have died during the pandemic period

(Total deaths = 426,302)

Of the 11,441 covid related deaths

Covid underlying cause of death, for 9,428 (82.4%)

(disease or condition that initiated the train of morbid events leading to death)

Graph, certified acute outcomes

2,013 died of other causes

(but COVID-19 contributed to their death)

Cancer, 26.4%

Circulatory system, 24.9%

Dementia 20.2%

Kidney and urinary, 4.3%

Falls, 4.2%

Respiratory disease, 3.7

Others, 12.5%

Population, 25,890,773 (31 March 2022)



Most common pre-existing chronic condition

For those who had COVID-19 certified as the underlying cause of death

Chronic cardiac conditions

95% of deaths caused by covid have other conditions listed on the death certificate

On average, deaths due to COVID-19 had 3.0 other diseases and conditions certified alongside the virus

Graph, most common pre-existing conditions

Death due to long term effects of COVID-19


Deaths due to COVID-19: Age and sex

Males, 5,300 deaths due to COVID-19

Females, 4,128 deaths due to COVID-19

Median age for COVID-19 deaths

85.3 years

(83.5 years for males, 87.4 years for females)

Graph, death by age and sex

Deaths due to COVID-19: socio-economic status

Deaths around 3 times higher in those in quintile 1 (most disadvantaged),

than those in quintile 5 (least disadvantaged)