Facts and Figures


The following are key figures on births, perinatal deaths, and sudden unexpected deaths in infancy (SUDI) in Australia.

The latest data available from the Australian Bureau of Statistics on births and SUDI is for 2016.

The latest data for perinatal deaths is for 2015 and is provided by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

  • There were 311,104 births in Australia in 2016.
  • There were 2,849 perinatal deaths in 2015. This includes 689 neonatal deaths (deaths within 28 days of birth) and 2,160 stillbirths.
  • In 2016 there were 94 deaths (a rate of 0.3 deaths per 1,000 births) classified as sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI), which includes sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and fatal sleeping accidents.
  • An average of 93 children aged 0-4 years die each year from injury and poisoning deaths.
  • From 1989 to 2016, the rate of SUDI deaths in Australia has decreased by 85%. An estimated 9,967 lives have been saved since risk reduction campaigns were introduced.

For more detail and references download our 2018 Fast Facts below.

2018 Fast Facts

Fast Facts from previous years can be downloaded below.

2017 Fast Facts

2016 Fast Facts

2015 Fast Facts

2014 Fast Facts

2013 Fast Facts

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Stillbirth and sudden death in infancy and childhood, Australia