Australians' life expectancy among the highest in the world

Australian life expectancy for both males and females continues to be amongst the highest in the world, according to Deaths, Australia, 2010 from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). A boy born today can expect to live an average of 79.5 years, while a girl can expect to live to 84.0 years. Having survived to age 60, men could expect to live another 23 years and women another 26 years. Since 1990, life expectancy has increased by 6 years for men and just under 4 years for women, reflecting the decrease in death rates over time.

The increase in life expectancy is one of the factors contributing to the ageing of Australia's population. Death rates have continued to decline over the past 20 years. In 2010, the standardised death rate was the lowest on record at 5.7 deaths per 1000 people. In 1990, the standardised death rate was 8.6 deaths per 1000 people. The infant mortality rate decreased slightly, from 4.3 deaths per 1,000 births in 2009 to 4.1 in 2010.

While there are serious issues with the quality of data, a special chapter on Indigenous mortality indicates that the mortality level of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians remains substantially higher than that of the total Australian population.

Australian's life expectancy among the highest in the world - Media release.

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