Doctors and Funeral Directors must separately provide notifications to the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria (BDM) following a 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 Victoria in October, November and December 2018.

Place of death

Place of death October 2018 November 2018 December 2018 Total
Hospital 1,916 1,784 1,532 5,232
Nursing home 1,124 1,020 969 3,113
Usual residence 319 311 271 901
Other 370 392 266 1,028
Total 3,729 3,507 3,038 10,274

‘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

  October 2018 November 2018 December 2018
Average age at death (years) 77.87 77.37 77.65

How bodies are managed

Management type October 2018 November 2018 December 2018 Total
Cremated 2,163 1,978 1,744 5,885
Buried 1,517 1,479 1,261 4,257
Other method 49 50 33 132
Total 3,729 3,507 3,038 10,274

Other management methods include:

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