LIFE EXPECTANCY AT BIRTH
Life expectancy at birth represents the average number of years that a baby could expect to live, assuming current age-specific death rates were experienced. In 2007-2009, life expectancy at birth for Australia was 79.3 years for males and 83.9 years for females, an increase of 0.2 years over the life expectancy in 2006-2008 for both sexes.
Over the past century, male life expectancy at birth has increased by 24 years, from 55.2 years in 1901-1910 to 79.3 years in 2007-2009. Similarly, female life expectancy at birth has increased by 25 years, from 58.8 years to 83.9 years. The increase in life expectancy at birth reflects declining death rates at all ages.
2.11 Life Expectancy at Birth - 1901-1910 to 2007-2009