National death data

We are the official source of Australian death data, providing access to:

As the appointed Australian Coordinating Registry (ACR), we have the approval of all Australian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (RBDM) offices (the data custodians) to release these datasets on their behalf to an approved agency or applicant.

You can apply to get this information once only, or on a recurring basis.

If you only require data from a single state or territory, apply to:

Fact of death (FOD)

Fact of death data is a compilation of death records from each of the data custodians. These files contain full name, date of birth and residential address details of all the people who have died in Australia.

The purpose of fact of death data is for agencies to cleanse their administrative data, including client databases. It can’t be used for research or statistical findings (a separate dataset exists for this).

We offer data files dating back to 1992.

Australian state, territory and federal government agencies are currently the only eligible applicants for FOD data.

We will soon release an additional service for eligible commercial agencies (and government)—the Australian Death Check. The Australian Death Check will provide a service to match data against the FOD data (back to 2000) through approved agencies called data service brokers.

Register your interest

We invite Australian agencies to register their interest in the fact of death dataset.

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      Your name

Cause of death unit record file (COD URF)

The cause of death unit record file is a snapshot of data that is compiled and coded (ICD-10) by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), based on data from the data custodians—it is correct as at a point in time. This data set is used for statistical and research purposes.

There are 3 versions of a year’s data files:

  • preliminary
  • revised
  • final.

Data files are available back to 2006 (final).

We will only release the most-recent version of the data that is available when you apply. So, once a data file reaches the final stage, we will only release the final version.

Cause of death information is used for:

  • population-based health research and policy development, monitoring or evaluation
  • investigating potential projects (i.e. testing hypotheses and pilot studies)
  • follow-up and comparison of different treatment regimes
  • the study of morbidities and outcomes of specific diseases.

The data available is coded to ICD-10, not ICD-10-AM.

Who can use this request

Only organisations and institutional or educational researchers can use this assessment request.

Agencies must meet the eligibility requirements for the relevant dataset, which will be assessed through our application process once we have considered your needs and the best product for you.

The applicant must:

  • apply strict protocols to ensure the confidentiality of the information
  • have appropriate data security measures
  • describe how the project or reason for accessing to the data is in the public interest
  • and
  • use de-identified data for their research (where possible).

Family history research

If you are researching your family tree (or if you are a genealogist) and the event took place outside Queensland, contact the interstate or overseas registering authority.

If the event took place in Queensland, search our historical records online for free.

If you need a certificate for an event that is registered outside Queensland, contact the interstate or overseas registering authority to get your certificate.

Purpose of assessment

Submit this request form so we can determine your requirements. We will advise if you are eligible to receive one of the datasets, and what steps you need to follow from there.

So we can accurately assess your request, tell us specifically:

  • what information or data you require
  • how you plan to use it
  • why you need it.

The details you provide will help us direct you to the most suitable products or services.

Find out more before you submit a request.

What happens next

We try to help all eligible requestors obtain data for their purposes while considering the requirements and access principles.

Before we send you an application, we will assess your request and talk to you about the options that are suitable for your purposes. This ensures that you complete the correct application process to comply with the legislative requirements governing the data.

After you submit this request, we’ll contact you within 10 business days to discuss how our products and services can help you and how much it will cost.

Your responsibilities

To access the data we hold, you must agree to:

  • use it for the public interest—for example, in research that benefits the community or to keep your administrative records up to date
  • manage the data in a way that protects people’s privacy.

Some requests may need ethics approval before you can access the data.

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