In Health

Australian Bureau Of Statistics

Life Expectancy Continues To Improve

Victor P Taffa

Life expectancy in Australia has reached record highs with a boy born today expected to live to 80.7 years and a girl to 84.9 years, according to the latest figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

“Male life expectancy has increased by 0.2 years over the 2015-2017 to 2016-2018 period, and by 1.5 years in the past 10 years. Female life expectancy has increased by 0.3 years during the same period, and by 1.2 years in the past decade.” ABS Demography Director Beidar Cho said.

In recent years, life expectancy for males has improved at a faster rate than that for females. Around 50 years ago (1965-67), life expectancy at birth in Australia was 67.6 years for males and 74.2 years for females, a gap of 6.6 years. The gap has now narrowed to 4.2 years in 2016-2018.

“Australians have a higher life expectancy than similar countries, such as New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the USA.” Ms. Cho said.

For those Australians who make it as far as the traditional retirement age of 65 years, males can expect to live a further 19.9 years and females a further 22.6 years.

States And Territories

Highest male life expectancy was as follows:

  • Victoria (81.7 years),
  • Australian Capital Territory (81.2 years),
  • New South Wales (80.6 years),
  • Western Australia (80.5 years),
  • South Australia (80.4 years),
  • Queensland (80.2 years),
  • Tasmania (79.3 years).

Highest female life expectancies

  • Victoria (85.3 years),
  • Australian Capital Territory (85.3 years),
  • Western Australia (85.1 years),
  • New South Wales (84.9 years),
  • Queensland (both 84.7 years),
  • South Australia (both 84.7 years),
  • Tasmania (83.2 years).

Northern Territory recorded the lowest life expectancy for both males and females (75.5 years and 80.2 years, respectively).

Despite this, male and female life expectancies in the Northern Territory showed the greatest gains of all the states and territories, over the last decade (2.9 years and 1.8 years).


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