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 2017.

The latest data for perinatal deaths is for 2016 and is provided by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

  • There were 309,142 births in Australia in 2017.
  • There were 2,849 perinatal deaths in 2016. This includes 742 neonatal deaths (deaths within 28 days of birth) and 2,107 stillbirths.
  • In 2017 there were 87 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 103 children aged 0-4 years die each year from injury and poisoning deaths.
  • From 1989 to 2017, the rate of SUDI deaths in Australia has decreased by 85%. An estimated 10,329 lives have been saved since risk reduction campaigns were introduced.

2018 Fast Facts

2017 Fast Facts

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