Covid deaths in Australia since the pandemic began: which groups have suffered most?

For most of the pandemic, Australia had one of the lowest death rates in the OECD. But Australia is now one of many countries caught in a series of rolling Covid waves. The data shows some parts of Australia’s population have had disproportionately high fatality rates – the socio-economically disadvantaged, elderly people, those living in aged care and those born in other countries. These factors relate to social determinants of health – non-medical conditions such as where people are born, grow up, work, live and age.