Standardised mortality in Australia

Why were the numbers of deaths in Australia higher in 2021 than in the previous year?

Three factors influence death counts in a population:

  • Population size: a larger group is more likely to experience people dying.
  • Age structure: mortality risks increase with age, so older populations have more deaths.
  • Mortality rates within age groups: in age bands, these rates…



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Anthony B. Masters

Anthony B. Masters


This blog looks at the use of statistics in Britain and beyond. It is written by RSS Statistical Ambassador and Chartered Statistician @anthonybmasters.