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3302.0 - Deaths, Australia, 2013 Quality Declaration 
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MEDIA RELEASE
6 November 2014
Embargo: 11:30 am (Canberra Time)
154/2014

Aussie men now expected to live past 80

Aussie males born from now on could plan on receiving a "Happy 80th Birthday!" card, as the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show that male life expectancy at birth has topped 80 years.

"We're now among a very rare group of countries," said Director of Demography, Denise Carlton, "the others being Switzerland, Japan and Iceland - where both men and women have a life expectancy of over 80 years."

"Australian women pushed past the 80 year mark back in 1990, so it's taken men nearly a quarter century to catch up.

"But having crossed the elusive 80 year threshold in the 1990s, improvements in expected lifespan for women has since slowed down, increasing by around four years over the period - it's 84.3 now.

"It's worth considering that 80 years is an expectation from birth, and statistically, the older you get, the more likely it is that you'll live to an even older age.

"So a man who is now 50 could expect to live to 82, a 65 year old to 84, and man who is 85 this year could look forward to a 91st birthday".

Male life expectancy rose to 80.1 in 2013 from 79.9 in 2012, while female life expectancy at birth remained steady at 84.3 years.

In 2013, for both males and females, the Australian Capital Territory had the highest life expectancy, while the Northern Territory had the lowest.

There were 147,678 deaths registered in Australia for 2013, a slight increase from the 147,098 registered in 2012.

Despite this increase in deaths, the growth of the Australian population meant that the standardised death rate actually fell, from 5.5 deaths per 1,000 population in 2012 to 5.4 in 2013.

Further details are in Deaths, Australia, 2013 (cat. no. 3302.0). State, territory and sub-state information is also available for free download from the ABS website (www.abs.gov.au).


Media notes:
  • Standardised death rates enable the comparison of death rates between populations with different age structures by relating them to a standard population (currently, the age distribution of all persons in the Australian population as at 30 June 2001).
  • When reporting ABS data you must attribute the Australian Bureau of Statistics (or the ABS) as the source.
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DEATHS, SUMMARY STATISTICS - Selected years

Average annual change
(%)
Annual change
(%)
2003(a)
2012(b)
2013(c)
2003-2013
2012-2013

Australia(d)
Deaths
no.
132 292
147 098
147 678
1.1
0.4
Infant mortality rate(e)
rate
4.8
3.3
3.6
Standardised death rate(f)
rate
6.5
5.5
5.4
Life expectancy at birth - Males
years
77.8
79.9
80.1
Life expectancy at birth - Females
years
82.8
84.3
84.3
Median age at death
years
79.3
81.7
81.7
New South Wales
Deaths
no.
46 111
49 314
50 396
0.9
2.2
Infant mortality rate(e)
rate
4.6
3.2
3.7
Standardised death rate(f)
rate
6.5
5.5
5.4
Life expectancy at birth - Males
years
77.7
79.9
80.0
Life expectancy at birth - Females
years
82.9
84.2
84.3
Median age at death
years
79.4
82.0
82.0
Victoria
Deaths
no.
32 925
35 760
35 916
0.9
0.4
Infant mortality rate(e)
rate
5.1
2.8
2.9
Standardised death rate(f)
rate
6.4
5.3
5.1
Life expectancy at birth - Males
years
78.2
80.5
80.7
Life expectancy at birth - Females
years
83.1
84.5
84.7
Median age at death
years
79.7
82.6
82.7
Queensland
Deaths
no.
23 500
28 300
27 901
1.7
-1.4
Infant mortality rate(e)
rate
4.8
4.4
4.6
Standardised death rate(f)
rate
6.5
5.8
5.6
Life expectancy at birth - Males
years
77.6
79.5
79.6
Life expectancy at birth - Females
years
82.8
84.0
84.1
Median age at death
years
78.7
80.4
80.2
South Australia
Deaths
no.
12 185
13 178
12 804
0.5
-2.8
Infant mortality rate(e)
rate
3.7
3.2
3.2
Standardised death rate(f)
rate
6.7
5.7
5.5
Life expectancy at birth - Males
years
77.7
79.8
80.0
Life expectancy at birth - Females
years
82.7
84.2
84.3
Median age at death
years
80.2
83.0
82.7
Western Australia
Deaths
no.
11 311
13 339
13 414
1.7
0.6
Infant mortality rate(e)
rate
4.1
2.5
2.4
Standardised death rate(f)
rate
6.3
5.4
5.2
Life expectancy at birth - Males
years
78.1
80.1
80.3
Life expectancy at birth - Females
years
83.0
84.8
84.8
Median age at death
years
78.7
80.5
80.4
Tasmania
Deaths
no.
3 965
4 459
4 444
1.1
-0.3
Infant mortality rate(e)
rate
7.0
3.6
3.6
Standardised death rate(f)
rate
7.4
6.6
6.5
Life expectancy at birth - Males
years
76.6
78.7
78.8
Life expectancy at birth - Females
years
81.4
82.6
82.6
Median age at death
years
79.0
81.3
80.9
Northern Territory
Deaths
no.
875
1 038
1 097
2.3
5.7
Infant mortality rate(e)
rate
8.4
8.0
7.4
Standardised death rate(f)
rate
9.4
7.7
8.3
Life expectancy at birth - Males
years
72.0
74.7
74.9
Life expectancy at birth - Females
years
77.3
80.0
79.2
Median age at death
years
58.8
59.8
64.2
Australian Capital Territory
Deaths
no.
1 414
1 706
1 700
1.9
-0.4
Infant mortality rate(e)
rate
5.8
2.9
2.9
Standardised death rate(f)
rate
5.8
5.0
4.8
Life expectancy at birth - Males
years
79.2
81.2
81.7
Life expectancy at birth - Females
years
83.8
85.1
85.0
Median age at death
years
78.1
81.7
80.5

(a) Death rates for 2003 have been calculated using revised and recasted 30 June 2003 estimated resident population based on results from the 2011 Census and are final.
(b) Death rates for 2012 have been calculated using revised 30 June 2012 estimated resident population based on results from the 2011 Census.
(c) Death rates for 2013 have been calculated using preliminary 30 June 2013 estimated resident population based on results from the 2011 Census.
(d) Includes Other Territories.
(e) Infant deaths per 1,000 live births.
(f) Deaths per 1,000 standard population. Standardised death rates use the age distribution of total persons in the Australian population at 30 June 2001 as the standard population.

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