Deaths in custody

Warning: this page contains reference to people who have died.

There have now been at least 479 Indigenous deaths in custody in the 30 years since the findings of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody were handed down in 1991. 

As at 17 July, there have been ten deaths since March. If our entire population died in custody at this rate, we would have seen 303 deaths in that time. There would be outrage and there would be action. 

And this situation is rapidly becoming more urgent. Not only does the threat of Covid pose a real health threat, but incarcerated people are unable to see their families.

It's time for the Australian Government to listen to repeated criticism from the UN and fully implement the Commission's recommendations. 

It's time for NSW to follow Victoria's lead in establishing a truth and justice process and a treaty process.

It's time to address issues with systemic police racism

It's time for the Uluru Statement, for constitutional recognition and a voice to parliament.

It's time to raise the age and it's time to change the record.

Our national shame: Indigenous deaths in custody 2008-present

(Data credit: the the Guardian's deaths inside project is the source of much of this data) 

479 Man, name not released 22 Jul 2021 SA Source
478 Frank Coleman 8 Jul 2021 NSW Source
477 Man, name not released 20 May 2021 NSW Source
476 Man, name not released 27 Apr 2021 NSW Source
475 Man, name not released 26 Apr 2021 VIC Source
474 Man, name not released 3 Apr 2021 WA Source
473 Anzac Sullivan 18 Mar 2021 NSW Source
472 Man, name not released 7 Mar 2021 VIC Source no longer available
471 Woman, name not released 5 Mar 2021 NSW Source
470 Man, name not released 2 Mar 2021 NSW Source
469 Sherry Fisher-Tilberoo 10 Sep 2020 QLD Source
468 SD 13 Aug 2020 WA Source
467 Man, name not released 29 Jul 2020 WA Source
466 SI 13 Jul 2020 WA Source
465 Unknown 29 Mar 2020 VIC Source
464 Man, name not released 29 Mar 2020 VIC Source
463 TC 21 Mar 2020 QLD Source
462 EJF 21 Mar 2020 NT Source
461 Veronica Marie Nelson Walker 2 Jan 2020 VIC Source
460 Kumanjayi Walker 9 Nov 2019 NT Source
459 Man, name not released 6 Nov 2019 NSW Source
458 RN 30 Oct 2019 WA Source
457 JC 17 Sep 2019 WA Source
456 Kumanjayi Bloomfield 25 Jul 2019 NT Source
455 JB 12 Jun 2019 WA Source
454 XY 11 Apr 2019 NSW Source
453 Cherdeena Wynne 9 Apr 2019 WA Source
452 RC 26 Mar 2019 NT Source
451 Dwayne Johnstone 15 Mar 2019 NSW Source
450 Tafari Walton 14 Mar 2019 NSW Source
449 Alf Deon Eades 11 Feb 2019 WA Source
448 RMF 19 Jan 2019 QLD Source
447 INN 5 Dec 2018 NT Source
446 CD 11 Sep 2018 WA Source
445 TS 10 Sep 2018 WA Source
444 Nathan Reynolds 1 Sep 2018 NSW Source
443 DJR 18 Aug 2018 NT Source
442 DK 29 Jun 2018 WA Source
441 JWC 6 May 2018 NSW Source
440 Mr Yeeda 3 May 2018 WA Source
439 VW 1 Mar 2018 QLD Source
438 RDP 22 Feb 2018 QLD Source
437 Noomba 9 Feb 2018 QLD Source
436 Patrick Fisher 7 Feb 2018 NSW Source
435 JH 3 Feb 2018 NSW Source
434 Tanya Louise Day 22 Dec 2017 VIC Source
433 TMH 4 Dec 2017 WA Source
432 Tane Richard Chatfield 22 Sep 2017 NSW Source
431 AG 19 Sep 2017 QLD Source
430 KG 22 Aug 2017 SA Source
429 JT 8 Aug 2017 NT Source
428 CM 6 Aug 2017 NSW Source
427 DRT 14 Jul 2017 QLD Source
426 JTD 12 Jul 2017 VIC Source
425 NS 7 Jul 2017 NT Source
424 EJW 4 Jul 2017 NSW Source
423 Raymond Noel Lindsay Thomas 25 Jun 2017 VIC Source
422 PR 26 May 2017 SA Source no longer available
421 Chad Riley 12 May 2017 WA Source
420 JM 25 Apr 2017 QLD Source
419 BH 3 Apr 2017 QLD Source
418 TAS 29 Mar 2017 NSW Source
417 TH 23 Mar 2017 WA Source
416 Jordan Robert Anderson 1 Mar 2017 WA Source
415 RPN 14 Jan 2017 NT Source
414 KJ 14 Dec 2016 NT Source
413 SB 10 Dec 2016 WA Source
412 Wayne Fella Morrison 26 Sep 2016 SA Source
411 VK 24 Sep 2016 WA Source
410 JBM 16 Sep 2016 NT Source
409 GLW 3 Sep 2016 VIC Source
408 VB 25 Aug 2016 NT Source
407 EJM 8 Aug 2016 QLD Source
406 Rebecca Maher 19 Jul 2016 NSW Source
405 Fred 18 Jun 2016 WA Source
404 Steven Freeman 27 May 2016 ACT Source
403 WMM 14 May 2016 QLD Source
402 EW 13 Apr 2016 WA Source
401 RJG 5 Apr 2016 NT Source
400 GWVA 4 Apr 2016 SA Source
399 EY 30 Mar 2016 NT Source
398 PMB 27 Feb 2016 QLD Source
397 JR 20 Feb 2016 NT Source
396 CGG 26 Jan 2016 WA Source
395 David Dungay Jr 29 Dec 2015 NSW Source
394 Mr Jackamarra 16 Dec 2015 WA Source
393 AAU 2 Dec 2015 WA Source no longer available
392 KE 2 Dec 2015 WA Source no longer available
391 CWB 13 Nov 2015 QLD Source
390 MFTM 11 Nov 2015 NT Source
389 Danny Whitton 9 Nov 2015 NSW Source
388 Mr Cameron 2 Nov 2015 WA Source
387 Shaun Charles Coolwell 2 Oct 2015 QLD Source
386 Mr Bell 8 Sep 2015 WA Source
385 ADIR 7 Sep 2015 NT Source
384 JFW 29 Aug 2015 WA Source
383 KJS 15 Aug 2015 NT Source
382 AB 5 Aug 2015 WA Source
381 RB 20 Jun 2015 NT Source
380 Kumanjayi Langdon 21 May 2015 NT Source
379 VJR 10 May 2015 NSW Source
378 GRA 9 May 2015 QLD Source
377 KNK 16 Apr 2015 SA Source
376 NLW 4 Apr 2015 VIC Source
375 BBN 20 Feb 2015 NT Source
374 CWM 12 Feb 2015 NT Source
373 AB 11 Feb 2015 NSW Source
372 JLM 17 Dec 2014 ACT Source
371 JAA 3 Dec 2014 NT Source
370 TLF 23 Nov 2014 VIC Source
369 KMCN 13 Nov 2014 WA Source
368 TMM 8 Nov 2014 QLD Source no longer available
367 KB 31 Oct 2014 NT Source
366 RB 25 Oct 2014 NSW Source
365 Mr Wallam 22 Oct 2014 WA Source
364 Ms Dhu 4 Aug 2014 WA Source
363 LJR 10 Jul 2014 VIC Source
362 DW 27 Mar 2014 NT Source
361 MRB 25 Feb 2014 QLD Source
360 KJT 8 Feb 2014 NT Source
359 KM 18 Jan 2014 NT Source
358 FWD 28 Dec 2013 NSW Source
357 JKP 26 Dec 2013 QLD Source
356 RCG 21 Dec 2013 WA Source
355 NRR 2 Nov 2013 QLD Source
354 VBVC 2 Nov 2013 QLD Source
353 GWR 6 Oct 2013 WA Source
352 VAC 17 Aug 2013 NT Source
351 RS 9 Jul 2013 NT Source
350 DWW 14 Apr 2013 NSW Source
349 MJK 15 Mar 2013 WA Source
348 Jayden Stafford Bennell 6 Mar 2013 WA Source
347 JW 2 Feb 2013 SA Source
346 Bud Lord 19 Jan 2013 NSW Source
345 KM 24 Dec 2012 NT Source
344 KO 23 Dec 2012 NT Source
343 KA 22 Dec 2012 NT Source
342 Ms Mandijarra 30 Nov 2012 WA Source
341 GAM 24 Nov 2012 QLD Source
340 CKH 7 Nov 2012 QLD Source
339 JJR 2 Nov 2012 WA Source
338 DH 26 Sep 2012 NT Source
337 Mr Toby 25 Aug 2012 WA Source
336 RDH 15 Aug 2012 QLD Source
335 TCW 7 Aug 2012 WA Source
334 PB 16 Jun 2012 NSW Source
333 P 11 Apr 2012 QLD Source
332 CN 7 Apr 2012 NT Source
331 KT 7 Apr 2012 NT Source
330 PAC 3 Apr 2012 NT Source
329 Kwementyaye Briscoe 4 Jan 2012 NT Source
328 EJB 3 Nov 2011 NT Source
327 FJV 26 Oct 2011 QLD Source
326 Mr Bropho 24 Oct 2011 WA Source
325 JLG 5 Oct 2011 SA Source
324 DJJ 3 Sep 2011 NSW Source
323 RGW 14 Aug 2011 WA Source
322 MEO 10 Jun 2011 QLD Source
321 HJM 17 Apr 2011 QLD Source
320 BAW 14 Apr 2011 WA Source
319 BN 12 Mar 2011 NT Source
318 DJP 8 Jan 2011 WA Source
317 PPH 24 Nov 2010 WA Source
316 Name suppressed 24 Nov 2010 NSW Source
315 Mark Edward Mason 11 Nov 2010 NSW Source
314 KM 15 Oct 2010 NT Source
313 SAF 8 Oct 2010 NT Source
312 TLI 18 Sep 2010 QLD Source
311 AT 15 Sep 2010 WA Source
310 KJC 23 Aug 2010 VIC Source
309 DJ 11 Aug 2010 NT Source
308 CAS 12 Jul 2010 SA Source
307 ARC 4 Jul 2010 WA Source
306 LJ 1 Jun 2010 NSW Source
305 MMT 14 May 2010 QLD Source
304 LV 15 Apr 2010 QLD Source
303 GMC 12 Apr 2010 QLD Source
302 GRW 22 Mar 2010 WA Source
301 DDW 14 Mar 2010 WA Source
300 SDC 20 Feb 2010 QLD Source
299 BWE 14 Feb 2010 WA Source
298 KS 7 Feb 2010 WA Source
297 TJ 19 Jan 2010 WA Source
296 SWG 7 Jan 2010 NT Source
295 RH 23 Jul 2009 QLD Source
294 DRN 3 Jul 2009 WA Source
293 TAC 12 Jun 2009 QLD Source
292 VNR 25 Apr 2009 SA Source
291 GR 16 Apr 2009 NT Source
290 KB 7 Apr 2009 SA Source
289 CT 10 Jan 2009 NT Source
288 HN 30 Dec 2008 WA Source
287 JET 17 Dec 2008 QLD Source
286 AMT 20 Sep 2008 WA Source
285 JWR 18 Sep 2008 WA Source
284 ZN 17 Sep 2008 NT Source
283 CWP 22 Aug 2008 NT Source
282 IFW 22 Aug 2008 WA Source
281 SL 18 Aug 2008 WA Source
280 DN 21 Jun 2008 WA Source
279 PRJ 25 May 2008 NT Source
278 AE 2 Mar 2008 WA Source
277 Mr Ward 27 Jan 2008 WA Source
276 RTO 6 Jan 2008 QLD Source
275 DG 1 Jan 2008 NT Source