Between October 2001 and June 2012, the Australian Crime Commission reported that 964 people died while attempting to reach Australia for asylum purposes.
605 of the deaths occurred between October 2009 and June 2012.
The number of people who have been seeking asylum by boat in Australia has been increasing each year. In 2008-2009, a reported 985 people landed in Australia. In 2009-2010, criminal justice programs reported 5,327 landings, which, dropped slightly to 4,750 in 2010-2011, and then doubled to 8,092 people in 2011-2012.
Source: “People Smuggling Has Led To Almost 1,000 Deaths, Says Report,” Bernama, July 30, 2013.