Facts and Figures


The following are some key figures on births, perinatal deaths, and sudden unexpected deaths in infancy in Australia. Red Nose uses the Australian Bureau of Statistics as its main source of statistical information – please note that the most current information available from the Bureau is year end 2014. The most current data on perinatal deaths is year end 2013, provided by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Key figures

  • There were 299,697 births in Australia in 2014
  • There were 2,998 perinatal deaths in 2013. This includes 807 neonatal (deaths within 28 days of birth) and 2,191 stillbirths.
  • In 2014 there were 113 deaths categorised as sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI), including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
  • An average of 98 children aged 0-4 years die each year from injury and poisoning deaths.
  • Since risk reduction campaigns began in 1989, the rate of SUDI in Australia has decreased by 80%. An estimated 8,959 lives have been saved.

For more detail and references download our 2016 Fast Facts PDF.

Fast Facts from previous years can be downloaded below.

2015 Fast Facts

2014 Fast Facts

2013 Fast Facts

Stats, facts and definitions

Stillbirth and sudden death in infancy and childhood, Australia