The NSW Suicide Data Monitoring System (the System) is a collaboration between the NSW Ministry of Health, Department of Communities and Justice, the State Coroner and NSW Police to enable the collection and reporting of information on recent suspected and confirmed suicides in NSW.

The System estimates the number of suspected suicides and confirmed suicides in NSW, using data collected by NSW Police and the State Coroner.

All suicides or suspected suicides are reported to the Coroner. Data on these Police notifications are obtained from the information system managed by the NSW Department of Communities and Justice. The data about suspected suicides are an estimate. A final determination of the manner of death can only be made by the Coroner after detailed enquiry.

The System allows provision of information to support communities, local organisations and government agencies to respond to suicide more timely and effectively.

The first NSW Suicide Monitoring System Report is a public report published on 9 November 2020.

NSW Health is continuing to work with the Department of Communities and Justice, the State Coroner and NSW Police to produce monthly public NSW Suicide Monitoring System Reports.

There is also work underway on the System to report on information dating back to 1 January 2015.

Current as at: Monday 21 December 2020
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