Australian Bureau of Statistics

Rate this page
ABS Home > Statistics > By Catalogue Number
ABS @ Facebook ABS @ Twitter ABS RSS ABS Email notification service
3120.0 - Demography Working Paper 2000/2 - Draft Experimental Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Abridged Life Tables, Australia and States/Territories, 1995-97, 1995 to 1997  
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 16/05/2000   
   Page tools: Print Print Page Print all pages in this productPrint All RSS Feed RSS Bookmark and Share Search this Product


This publication is part of the Demography Working Paper series.

Australia has a very good system of population measurement by international standards. There are accurate censuses of population and housing every five years, birth and death registration has high coverage, and all movements into and out of Australia are monitored. Therefore it is possible to maintain high quality estimates of the total Australian population. However, there are a range of data quality issues associated with estimating the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (indigenous) population.

The standard approach to calculating death rates relies on applying the number of deaths in a given period to the 'exposed to risk' population during that period. Without accurate data on indigenous births and deaths, and accurate data on the size and structure of the indigenous population, the standard method for calculating indigenous death rates cannot be used.

This paper describes how a demographic technique outlined by Preston and Hill (1980) is used to estimate the completeness of indigenous death registration and calculate death rates for the Indigenous population. It then shows how these rates are used to produce indigenous life tables for Australia and selected states/territories for 1995-97. Comparison with the 1991-96 experimental indigenous life table and non-indigenous mortality are made. Finally, the implications of the assumptions made in this analysis are discussed.

Bookmark and Share. Opens in a new window

Commonwealth of Australia 2016

Unless otherwise noted, content on this website is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Australia Licence together with any terms, conditions and exclusions as set out in the website Copyright notice. For permission to do anything beyond the scope of this licence and copyright terms contact us.