Child mortality rate Australia 2008-2018, by indigenous status

In 2018 the child mortality rate of indigenous peoples in Australia under the age of five was 145.3 deaths per 100,000. By comparison, the non-Indigenous child mortality rate was less than half that of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the country. In 2008 the Australian government made a commitment to achieving equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through the Closing the Gap framework. One of the commitments made by this framework was to halve the Indigenous child mortality rate in the country over a decade from 2008. Although some progress was made, this target was not achieved.

Child deaths per 100,000 children under age five in Australia from 2008 to 2018, by indigenous status

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Release date

June 2020



Survey time period

2008 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Child mortality rate implies the number of deaths (registered), by Indigenous status, during the calendar year, in the 0 to 4 year old age group, per 100,000 of the Indigenous status estimated resident population of the same age at the mid-point of the year (30 June).

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