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 2015. The most current data on perinatal deaths is year end 2014, provided by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Key figures

  • There were 305,377 births in Australia in 2015.
  • There were 2,986 perinatal deaths in 2014. This includes 786 neonatal deaths (deaths within 28 days of birth) and 2,200 stillbirths.
  • In 2015 there were 113 deaths categorised as sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI), including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
  • An average of 93 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 9,450 lives have been saved.

For more detail and references download our 2017 Fast Facts below.

2017 Fast Facts

Fast Facts from previous years can be downloaded below.

2016 Fast Facts

2015 Fast Facts

2014 Fast Facts

2013 Fast Facts

Stats, facts and definitions

Stillbirth and sudden death in infancy and childhood, Australia