Deaths in custody

Warning: this page contains reference to people who have died.
Last updated: 21 January 2022

There have now been at least 506 Indigenous deaths in custody since the findings of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody were handed down in 1991. 

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) 

506 Man, 68, name not released 27 Dec 2022 QLD Source
505 Man, 45, name not released 27 Dec 2022 WA Source
504 Dannielle Lowe 24 Dec 2022 WA Source
503 Man, 51, name not released 8 Nov 2022 QLD Source
502 Clinton Austin 11 Sept 2022 VIC Source
501 Man, 43, name not released 4 Sept 2022 NSW Source
500 Josh Kerr 10 Aug 2022 VIC Source
499 Man, 32, name not released 31 Jul 2022 WA Source
498 Ricky Lee Cound 25 Mar 2022 WA Source
497 Robert Malayta 25 Feb 2022 QLD Source
496 Jai Wright 20 Feb 2022 NSW Source
495 Woman, 48, name not released 29 Jan 2022 NSW Source no longer available
494 Man, 47, name not released 26 Jan 2022 NSW Source
493 Woman, name not released 29 Nov 2021 VIC Source
492 Glen Francis 16 Nov 2021 NSW Source
491 Stanley Russell 9 Nov 2021 NSW Source
490 Man, name not released 7 Nov 2021 NSW Source
489 Gordon Copeland 7 Oct 2021 NSW Source
488 Man, name not released 7 Oct 2021 QLD Source
487 Bernard Hector 30 Aug 2021 NT Source
486 Man, name not released 22 Jul 2021 SA Source
485 Frank Coleman 8 Jul 2021 NSW Source
484 Man, name not released 20 May 2021 NSW Source
483 Man, name not released 27 Apr 2021 NSW Source
482 Man, name not released 26 Apr 2021 VIC Source
481 Man, name not released 3 Apr 2021 WA Source
480 Anzac Sullivan 18 Mar 2021 NSW Source
479 Man, name not released 7 Mar 2021 VIC Source no longer available
478 Woman, name not released 5 Mar 2021 NSW Source
477 Man, name not released 2 Mar 2021 NSW Source
476 Sherry Fisher-Tilberoo 10 Sep 2020 QLD Source
475 SD 13 Aug 2020 WA Source
474 Man, name not released 29 Jul 2020 WA Source
473 SI 13 Jul 2020 WA Source
472 Unknown 29 Mar 2020 VIC Source
471 Man, name not released 29 Mar 2020 VIC Source
470 TC 21 Mar 2020 QLD Source
469 EJF 21 Mar 2020 NT Source
468 Veronica Marie Nelson Walker 2 Jan 2020 VIC Source
467 D Wongaway 25 Dec 2019 NT Source
466 Wongaway 25 Dec 2019 NT Source
465 D Mumu 25 Dec 2019 NT Source
464 Kumanjayi Walker 9 Nov 2019 NT Source
463 Man, name not released 8 Nov 2019 QLD Source
462 Bailey Mackander 6 Nov 2019 NSW Source 1 Source 2
461 RN 30 Oct 2019 WA Source
460 JC 17 Sep 2019 WA Source
459 Kumanjayi Bloomfield 25 Jul 2019 NT Source
458 Jomen Blanket 12 Jun 2019 WA Source
457 Kevin Bugmy 13 Apr 2019 NSW Source
456 XY 11 Apr 2019 NSW Source
455 Cherdeena Wynne 9 Apr 2019 WA Source
454 RC 26 Mar 2019 NT Source
453 Dwayne Johnstone 15 Mar 2019 NSW Source
452 Tafari Walton 14 Mar 2019 NSW Source
451 Alf Deon Eades 11 Feb 2019 WA Source
450 RMF 19 Jan 2019 QLD Source
449 INN 5 Dec 2018 NT Source
448 CD 11 Sep 2018 WA Source
447 TS 10 Sep 2018 WA Source
446 Nathan Reynolds 1 Sep 2018 NSW Source
445 DJR 18 Aug 2018 NT Source
444 DK 29 Jun 2018 WA Source
443 JWC 6 May 2018 NSW Source
442 Mr Yeeda 3 May 2018 WA Source
441 VW 1 Mar 2018 QLD Source
440 RDP 22 Feb 2018 QLD Source
439 Douglas ‘Mootijah’ Shillingsworth 15 Feb 2018 NSW Source
438 Noomba 9 Feb 2018 QLD Source
437 Patrick Fisher 7 Feb 2018 NSW Source
436 JH 3 Feb 2018 NSW Source
435 Tanya Louise Day 22 Dec 2017 VIC Source
434 TMH 4 Dec 2017 WA Source
433 Tane Richard Chatfield 22 Sep 2017 NSW Source
432 AG 19 Sep 2017 QLD Source
431 KG 22 Aug 2017 SA Source
430 JT 8 Aug 2017 NT Source
429 CM 6 Aug 2017 NSW Source
428 DRT 14 Jul 2017 QLD Source
427 JTD 12 Jul 2017 VIC Source
426 NS 7 Jul 2017 NT Source
425 EJW 4 Jul 2017 NSW Source
424 Raymond Noel Lindsay Thomas 25 Jun 2017 VIC Source
423 PR 26 May 2017 SA Source no longer available
422 Chad Riley 12 May 2017 WA Source
421 JM 25 Apr 2017 QLD Source
420 BH 3 Apr 2017 QLD Source
419 TAS 29 Mar 2017 NSW Source
418 TH 23 Mar 2017 WA Source
417 Jordan Robert Anderson 1 Mar 2017 WA Source
416 RPN 14 Jan 2017 NT Source
415 KJ 14 Dec 2016 NT Source
414 SB 10 Dec 2016 WA Source
413 Wayne Fella Morrison 26 Sep 2016 SA Source
412 VK 24 Sep 2016 WA Source
411 JBM 16 Sep 2016 NT Source
410 GLW 3 Sep 2016 VIC Source
409 VB 25 Aug 2016 NT Source
408 EJM 8 Aug 2016 QLD Source
407 Rebecca Maher 19 Jul 2016 NSW Source
406 Fred 18 Jun 2016 WA Source
405 Steven Freeman 27 May 2016 ACT Source
404 WMM 14 May 2016 QLD Source
403 EW 13 Apr 2016 WA Source
402 RJG 5 Apr 2016 NT Source
401 GWVA 4 Apr 2016 SA Source
400 EY 30 Mar 2016 NT Source
399 PMB 27 Feb 2016 QLD Source
398 JR 20 Feb 2016 NT Source
397 CGG 26 Jan 2016 WA Source
396 David Dungay Jr 29 Dec 2015 NSW Source
395 Mr Jackamarra 16 Dec 2015 WA Source
394 AAU 2 Dec 2015 WA Source no longer available
393 KE 2 Dec 2015 WA Source no longer available
392 CWB 13 Nov 2015 QLD Source
391 MFTM 11 Nov 2015 NT Source
390 Danny Whitton 9 Nov 2015 NSW Source
389 Mr Cameron 2 Nov 2015 WA Source
388 Shaun Charles Coolwell 2 Oct 2015 QLD Source
387 Mr Bell 8 Sep 2015 WA Source
386 ADIR 7 Sep 2015 NT Source
385 JFW 29 Aug 2015 WA Source
384 KJS 15 Aug 2015 NT Source
383 AB 5 Aug 2015 WA Source
382 RB 20 Jun 2015 NT Source
381 Kumanjayi Langdon 21 May 2015 NT Source
380 VJR 10 May 2015 NSW Source
379 GRA 9 May 2015 QLD Source
378 KNK 16 Apr 2015 SA Source
377 NLW 4 Apr 2015 VIC Source
376 BBN 20 Feb 2015 NT Source
375 CWM 12 Feb 2015 NT Source
374 AB 11 Feb 2015 NSW Source
373 JLM 17 Dec 2014 ACT Source
372 JAA 3 Dec 2014 NT Source
371 TLF 23 Nov 2014 VIC Source
370 KMCN 13 Nov 2014 WA Source
369 TMM 8 Nov 2014 QLD Source no longer available
368 KB 31 Oct 2014 NT Source
367 RB 25 Oct 2014 NSW Source no longer available
366 Mr Wallam 22 Oct 2014 WA Source
365 Ms Dhu 4 Aug 2014 WA Source
364 LJR 10 Jul 2014 VIC Source
363 DW 27 Mar 2014 NT Source
362 MRB 25 Feb 2014 QLD Source
361 KJT 8 Feb 2014 NT Source
360 KM 18 Jan 2014 NT Source
359 FWD 28 Dec 2013 NSW Source
358 JKP 26 Dec 2013 QLD Source
357 RCG 21 Dec 2013 WA Source
356 NRR 2 Nov 2013 QLD Source
355 VBVC 2 Nov 2013 QLD Source
354 GWR 6 Oct 2013 WA Source
353 VAC 17 Aug 2013 NT Source
352 RS 9 Jul 2013 NT Source
351 DWW 14 Apr 2013 NSW Source
350 MJK 15 Mar 2013 WA Source
349 Jayden Stafford Bennell 6 Mar 2013 WA Source
348 JW 2 Feb 2013 SA Source
347 Bud Lord 19 Jan 2013 NSW Source
346 KM 24 Dec 2012 NT Source
345 KO 23 Dec 2012 NT Source
344 KA 22 Dec 2012 NT Source
343 Ms Mandijarra 30 Nov 2012 WA Source
342 GAM 24 Nov 2012 QLD Source
341 CKH 7 Nov 2012 QLD Source
340 JJR 2 Nov 2012 WA Source
339 DH 26 Sep 2012 NT Source
338 Mr Toby 25 Aug 2012 WA Source
337 RDH 15 Aug 2012 QLD Source
336 TCW 7 Aug 2012 WA Source
335 PB 16 Jun 2012 NSW Source
334 P 11 Apr 2012 QLD Source
333 CN 7 Apr 2012 NT Source
332 KT 7 Apr 2012 NT Source
331 PAC 3 Apr 2012 NT Source
330 Kwementyaye Briscoe 4 Jan 2012 NT Source
329 EJB 3 Nov 2011 NT Source
328 FJV 26 Oct 2011 QLD Source
327 Mr Bropho 24 Oct 2011 WA Source no longer available. 
326 JLG 5 Oct 2011 SA Source
325 DJJ 3 Sep 2011 NSW Source
324 RGW 14 Aug 2011 WA Source
323 MEO 10 Jun 2011 QLD Source
322 HJM 17 Apr 2011 QLD Source
321 BAW 14 Apr 2011 WA Source
320 BN 12 Mar 2011 NT Source
319 DJP 8 Jan 2011 WA Source
318 PPH 24 Nov 2010 WA Source
317 Name suppressed 24 Nov 2010 NSW Source
316 Mark Edward Mason 11 Nov 2010 NSW Source
315 KM 15 Oct 2010 NT Source
314 SAF 8 Oct 2010 NT Source
313 TLI 18 Sep 2010 QLD Source
312 AT 15 Sep 2010 WA Source
311 KJC 23 Aug 2010 VIC Source
310 DJ 11 Aug 2010 NT Source
309 CAS 12 Jul 2010 SA Source
308 ARC 4 Jul 2010 WA Source
307 LJ 1 Jun 2010 NSW Source
306 MMT 14 May 2010 QLD Source
305 LV 15 Apr 2010 QLD Source
304 GMC 12 Apr 2010 QLD Source
303 GRW 22 Mar 2010 WA Source
302 DDW 14 Mar 2010 WA Source
301 SDC 20 Feb 2010 QLD Source
300 BWE 14 Feb 2010 WA Source
299 KS 7 Feb 2010 WA Source
298 Robert Johnson 23 Jan 2010 NT 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