Doctors and funeral directors must separately provide notifications to the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria (BDM) following death. In the case of a reportable death the Coroner must provide a notification to BDM as soon as practicable after receiving the notification from the doctor.

The statistics here relate to deaths registered in July, August and September 2018.

Place of death

Place of death July 2018 August 2018 September 2018 Total
Hospital 1,790 1,833 1,581 5,204
Nursing home 1,164 1,189 984 3,337
Usual residence 328 302 282 912
Other 346 370 247 963
Total 3,628 3,694 3,094 10,416

Other includes where an address has been provided but it cannot be automatically linked to one of the top three categories above.

Average age at death

  July 2018 August 2018 September 2018 Total
Average age at death (years) 78.0 78.5 78.5 78.3

How bodies are managed

Management type July 2018 August 2018 September 2018 Total
Cremated 2,004 2,069 1,780 5,853
Buried 1,563 1,579 1,269 4,411
Other method 61 46 45 152
Total 3,628 3,694 3,094 10,416

Other management methods include:

  • Anatomical
  • Not recovered
  • Not stated
  • Sent overseas
  • Combined burial/cremation