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3302.0 - Deaths, Australia, 2009 Quality Declaration 
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Contents >> Deaths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians >> Experimental life tables for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians

EXPERIMENTAL LIFE TABLES FOR ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER AUSTRALIANS

Life tables for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian population for the period 2005 to 2007 were published in May 2009 in Experimental Life Tables for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, 2005-2007 (cat. no. 3302.0.55.003).

At the national level, life expectancy at birth for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian males is estimated to be 67.2 years, 12 years less than life expectancy at birth for non-Indigenous males (78.7 years). Life expectancy at birth for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian females is estimated to be 72.9 years, 10 years less than life expectancy at birth for non-Indigenous females (82.6 years).

Life expectancy at birth differs across the states and territories (table 3.8). For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian males, life expectancy at birth is highest in New South Wales (69.9 years) and lowest in the Northern Territory (61.5 years). A similar pattern exists for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian females, with the highest life expectancy at birth in New South Wales (75.0 years) and the lowest in the Northern Territory (69.2 years).

Differences in life expectancy at birth estimates between non-Indigenous and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians are greatest in the Northern Territory (14 years for males and 12 years for females) and Western Australia (14 years for males and 12 years for females).

3.8 Life expectancy at birth(a), Indigenous status - 2005-2007

Life expectancy at birth
Indigenous
Non-Indigenous
Total(b)
Difference between non-Indigenous
and Indigenous life
expectancy at birth(c)
years
years
years
years

Males

NSW
69.9
78.7
78.5
8.8
Qld
68.3
78.6
78.4
10.4
WA
65.0
79.0
78.7
14.0
NT
61.5
75.7
72.0
14.2
Aust.(d)
67.2
78.7
78.5
11.5

Females

NSW
75.0
82.5
82.4
7.5
Qld
73.6
82.5
82.3
8.9
WA
70.4
82.9
82.5
12.5
NT
69.2
81.2
77.6
11.9
Aust.(d)
72.9
82.6
82.4
9.7

Difference between males and females

NSW
-5.1
-3.9
-3.9
..
Qld
-5.3
-3.9
-4.0
..
WA
-5.4
-3.8
-3.9
..
NT
-7.7
-5.4
-5.6
..
Aust.(d)
-5.6
-3.8
-3.9
..

(a) Due to significant changes in methodology for adjusting registered deaths, estimates of life expectancy at birth for 2005-2007 are not comparable to previously published estimates.
(b) Estimates of life expectancy at birth for the total population presented in this table differ from estimates in Deaths, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 3302.0). See paragraph 39 of the Explanatory Notes.
(c) Differences are based on unrounded estimates.
(d) Includes all states and territories.



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