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AUSTRALIAN LIFE TABLES
6 The 2006-2008 life tables differ from those published prior to the 1995 edition of Deaths, Australia (cat. no. 3302.0) in a number of respects. Firstly, they are based on three years of death registrations and estimated resident population data. This is designed to reduce the effect of year-to-year statistical variations, particularly at younger ages where there are small numbers of deaths and at very old ages where the population at risk is small. Secondly, the deaths and population data are based on Australian residents who are physically present in Australia over the three-year period; i.e. Australian residents temporarily overseas are excluded. Thirdly, they have been actuarially graduated on the same principles which were used for the quinquennial Australian life tables prepared by the Australian Government Actuary.
STATE AND TERRITORY LIFE TABLES
7 Life tables for the states and territories are produced on the same principles as the Australian life tables. For the periods 1994-1996 to 1999-2001 these are available in the Demography (cat. nos. 3311.1-3311.8) set of publications. State and territory life tables for the period 2000-2002 are available on request. State and territory life tables for 2001-2003 onwards are published in Life Tables (cat. nos. 3302.1.55.001-3302.8.55.001).
LIFE TABLES BASED ON ASSUMED IMPROVEMENTS IN MORTALITY
8 Life tables based on assumed improvements in mortality are produced by the ABS using assumptions on future life expectancy at birth, based on recent trends in life expectancy. Mortality rates derived from these life tables are used as inputs to ABS population projections. For further information see Population Projections, Australia (cat. no. 3222.0).
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