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3302.0 - Deaths, Australia, 2009 Quality Declaration 
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MEDIAN AGE AT DEATH

Care should be exercised when analysing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian median age at death, as in addition to the issues previously identified, it may also be affected by differences in identification by age. For example, higher levels of identification of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian infant deaths compared with older age groups may result in the median age at death being underestimated.

As with age-specific death rates, median age at death data for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians are only included in this publication for New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Victoria, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory are excluded due to small numbers of registered deaths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

In 2009, the median age at death of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian males varied across the states and territories, from 48 years in South Australia to 57 years in New South Wales, compared with 67 years in the Northern Territory to 79 years in South Australia for non-Indigenous males. Similarly, the median age at death of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian females was lower than for non-Indigenous females, 53 years in South Australia to 66 years in New South Wales compared with 72 years in Northern Territory to 85 years in South Australia.

3.6 Median age at death, Indigenous status(a) - 2004 to 2009

NSW
Qld
SA
WA
NT
Total(b)

Males

Indigenous
2004
55.8
53.7
49.5
50.0
43.8
51.2
2005
54.3
51.1
42.4
52.8
45.8
50.4
2006
59.3
55.6
50.4
47.9
45.4
52.4
2007
58.1
54.7
50.5
53.3
45.9
53.1
2008
59.9
53.2
49.0
51.2
52.1
53.8
2009
57.2
53.2
48.0
50.6
48.3
52.5
Non-Indigenous
2004
77.0
76.2
77.6
76.3
63.0
76.8
2005
77.2
76.4
77.9
76.6
63.7
76.9
2006
77.8
76.7
78.3
76.9
64.7
77.4
2007
78.1
77.1
78.7
76.9
64.6
77.7
2008
78.5
77.3
79.2
77.1
66.3
78.0
2009
78.4
77.2
79.3
77.3
66.6
78.0

Females

Indigenous
2004
62.7
57.9
53.5
63.6
54.0
60.1
2005
65.8
59.5
47.5
57.8
50.4
57.9
2006
64.8
57.0
59.3
57.0
55.3
59.0
2007
63.0
59.5
58.3
59.3
55.7
59.5
2008
63.8
62.3
53.5
64.0
56.0
60.5
2009
65.9
62.6
53.0
58.7
55.4
61.3
Non-Indigenous
2004
82.8
82.5
83.3
82.3
71.3
82.7
2005
83.1
82.6
83.7
83.2
70.5
83.1
2006
83.5
83.1
84.1
83.1
75.0
83.4
2007
83.7
83.3
84.3
83.4
69.3
83.6
2008
84.2
83.7
84.6
84.1
75.7
84.1
2009
84.1
83.4
84.6
83.6
71.8
83.9

(a) Care should be exercised when comparing median age at death of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. See Commentary.
(b) Data are for NSW, Qld, WA, SA,and NT combined, based on state or territory of usual residence. Victoria, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory are excluded due to small numbers of registered Indigenous deaths.






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