Statistics on Suicide in Australia

Suicide remains the leading cause of death for Australians aged between 15 and 44.

Deaths by suicide

  • Deaths by suicide have reached a 10-year peak.
  • The most recent Australian data (ABS, Causes of Death, 2012) reports deaths due to suicide at 2,535.
  • The overall suicide rate in 2012 was 11.0 per 100,000, compared to the 2011 rate of 9.9 per 100,000.
  • In 2012, 1,901 males (16.8 per 100,000) and 634 females (5.6 per 100,000) died by suicide.
  • This equates to almost seven deaths by suicide in Australia each day.
  • Men account for three out of every five deaths by suicide, making suicide the 10th leading cause of death for males.
  • For those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, the suicide rate is 2.5 times higher for males and 3.4 times higher for females.
  • The most recent data (ABS, Causes of Death, 2012) shows that almost twice as many people died from suicide in Australia, than in road related transport deaths (1,310 vs 2,535).

Suicide attempts

  • For every completed suicide, it is estimated that as many as 30 people attempt.
  • That’s around 200 attempts per day.
  • That’s more than one new attempt in Australia every 10 minutes.

Thoughts of suicide (Suicidal ideation)

  • It is estimated that around 250 people make a suicide plan every day.
  • It is estimated that around 1,000 people think about suicide every day.

We all have a role to play in suicide prevention.

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