Facts and Figures

We are making significant progress towards our goal of zero preventable deaths of babies and children during pregnancy, infancy and early childhood.

  • 11,122 babies saved (1)
  • $18 million invested in research to date
  • 80% reduction in sudden infant deaths since 1989 (2)

But there is still more work to do – 3,000 babies and young children died suddenly and unexpectedly in the last year*.

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

  • There were 303,029 births in Australia in 2018 (3)
  • There were 2,834 perinatal deaths (3), including 718 neonatal deaths (deaths within 28 days of birth) and 2,116 stillbirths.
  • In 2018 there were 112 deaths classified as sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI), which includes sudden infant death and fatal sleeping accidents (1).
  • 66 children aged 0-4 years died from drowning, accidents and poisoning (4).


1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (2019). 3303.0 - Causes of Death, Australia, 2018. ABS, Canberra Includes calculations prepared by Red Nose and confirmed by the ABS.

2. Australian Bureau of Statistics (2003). SIDS in Australia 1981-2000: A statistical overview. ABS, Canberra & Australian Bureau of Statistics (2001 - ) .3303.0 - Causes of Death, Australia, 2001-. ABS, Canberra

3. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2021. Stillbirths and neonatal deaths in Australia 2017 and 2018. Perinatal statistics series no. 38. Cat. no. PER 115. Canberra: AIHW.

4. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2019). GRIM (General Record of Incidence of Mortality). Books 2017: All external causes of morbidity and mortality. Canberra: AIHW. Note: Data for all external causes of mortality are from the ICD-10 (V01-Y98).

5. Explanatory note from the ABS: “Data with small values have been randomly assigned to protect the confidentiality of individuals. As a result, some totals will not equal the sum of their components”.

* the latest data available for 2018.

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