Australian Human Mortality Database

Australian Human Mortality Database

We are looking for partners in academia, government and industry to help us extend and further improve The Australian Human Mortality Database (AHMD) with data. If interested in a collaboration, please contact Vladimir Canudas-Romo.


The Australian Human Mortality Database (AHMD) was created to provide detailed Australian mortality and population data to researchers, students, journalists, policy analysts, and others interested in the history of human longevity. The project is an achievement of the Mortality, Ageing & Health research team in the ANU School of Demography under the supervision of Associate Professor Vladimir Canudas-Romo, in collaboration with demographers at the Max Plank Institute for Demographic Research (Rostock, Germany) and the Department of DemographyUniversity of California at Berkeley

The AHMD is a “satellite” of the Human Mortality Database (HMD), an international database which currently holds detailed data for 37 countries or regions. Consequently, the AHMD’s underlying methodology corresponds to the one used for the HMD.

The AHMD gathers all required data (deaths counts, births counts, population size, exposure-to-risk, death rates) to compute life tables for Australia, its states and its territories. One of the great advantages of the database is to include data that is validated and corrected, when required, and rendered comparable, if possible, for the period ranging from 1971 thru 2016. For comparison purposes, various life tables published by governmental organizations are also available for download in PDF format (Adobe Reader®).

The database will contain detailed population and mortality data for the following Australian states and territories:

Updated:  26 June 2018/Responsible Officer:  Head of School/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications