Australian Bureau of Statistics Causes of Death data

ABS Causes of Death data release 2020

Released by the ABS on Wednesday, 29 September 2021.

  • In 2020, there was a decrease in suicide deaths from 3,318 deaths in 2019 (12.9 per 100,000) to 3,139 deaths in 2020 (12.1 per 100,000). This is the lowest national suicide rate recorded since 2016.
  • The suicide rate for males decreased by 6.1% between 2019 and 2020.
  • The suicide rate for females decreased by 7.9% between 2019 and 2020.
  • Young and middle-aged people are more likely to die by suicide, with 83.6% of people under 65 years.
  • Men over 85 years had the highest age-specific suicide rate but accounted for the smallest proportion (3.1%) of male suicides. Men aged 40-54 years accounted for over one quarter (26.7%) of male suicides.
  • Women aged 45-49 years had the highest age-specific suicide rate and accounted for the highest proportion (10.9%) of female suicides.




Data on this webpage has been updated to reflect the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Catalogue 3303.0 Cause of Death Australia, 2020 released in September 2021.