Governments of all persuasions are striving for a future of zero suicides.  Although it is a relatively rare cause of death in 2020, 1.9% of all deaths were by suicide. It can have devastating and long-lasting effects on those left behind. The AIHW National Suicide and Self-harm Monitoring Project have started to publicly release the new data. In 2020 ambulances attended a total of around 33,000 incidents involving suicidal behaviours (suicidal ideation or suicide attempt) in NSW, Vic, Qld, Tas, and the ACT. The rate of ambulance attendances per 100,000 population for suicidal ideation in 2020 were:

  • 103.3 in NSW (around 8,400 attendances)
  • 90.9 in Vic (nearly 6,100 attendances)
  • 130.9 in Qld (around 6,800 attendances)
  • 52.0 in Tas (about 280 attendances)
  • 93.2 in the ACT (about 400 attendances).

Rates of attendances for suicide attempts per 100,000 population in 2020 were:

  • 41.3 in NSW (nearly 3,400 attendances)
  • ​50.2 in Vic (nearly 3,400 attendances)
  • 72.4 in Qld (over 3,700 attendances)
  • ​46.1 in Tas (about 250 attendances)
  • 60.5 in the ACT (about 260 attendances)

In 2020, the rate of ambulance attendances per 100,000 population with self-injury present was:

  • 29.8 in NSW (over 2,400 attendances)
  • 25.3 in Vic (nearly 1,700 attendances)
  • 38.3 in Qld (nearly 2,000 attendances)
  • 17.0 in Tas (about 90 attendances)
  • 36.4 in the ACT (over 150 attendances).