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3302.0 - Deaths, Australia, 2010 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 10/11/2011   
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MEDIAN AGE AT DEATH

Care should be exercised when analysing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 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 reported Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 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 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. Western Australia is excluded due to an ongoing investigation into unusual volatility in 2007, 2008 and 2009. See paragraph 36 of the Explanatory Notes.

In 2010, the median age at death of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian males varied across the states and territories, from 50.8 years in the Northern Territory to 58.3 years in New South Wales, compared with 64.9 years in the Northern Territory to 79.6 years in South Australia for non-Indigenous males. The median age at death of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian females range from 55.4 years in the Northern Territory to 67.1 years in New South Wales, compared with 75.2 years for the Northern Territory to 84.9 years in South Australia for non-Indigenous population.

3.5 Median age at death(a)(b), Indigenous Status(c) - 2005 to 2010

NSW
Qld(d)
SA
NT

Males

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
2005
54.3
51.1
42.4
45.8
2006
59.3
55.6
50.4
45.4
2007
58.1
54.7
50.5
45.9
2008
59.9
53.2
49.0
52.1
2009
57.2
53.2
48.0
48.3
2010
58.3
55.0
54.0
50.8
Non-Indigenous
2005
77.2
76.4
77.9
63.7
2006
77.8
76.7
78.3
64.7
2007
78.1
77.1
78.7
64.6
2008
78.5
77.3
79.2
66.3
2009
78.4
77.2
79.3
66.6
2010
78.6
77.5
79.6
64.9

Females

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
2005
65.8
59.5
47.5
50.4
2006
64.8
57.0
59.3
55.3
2007
63.0
59.5
58.3
55.7
2008
63.8
62.3
53.5
56.0
2009
65.9
62.6
53.0
55.4
2010
67.1
59.5
59.3
55.4
Non-Indigenous
2005
83.1
82.6
83.7
70.5
2006
83.5
83.1
84.1
75.0
2007
83.7
83.3
84.3
69.3
2008
84.2
83.7
84.6
75.7
2009
84.1
83.4
84.6
71.8
2010
84.3
83.9
84.9
75.2

(a) The age at which half the population is younger and half is older.
(b) Data are for NSW, Qld, SA and NT only, based on state or territory of usual residence. Victoria, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory are excluded due to small numbers of registered Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander deaths. WA is excluded due to an ongoing investigation into unusual volatility in 2007, 2008 and 2009. See paragraph 36 of the Explanatory Notes.
(c) Care should be exercised when comparing median age at death of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and non-Indigenous Australians. See Commentary.
(d) Care should be taken when interpreting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander deaths data for Queensland for 2010. See Technical Note: Registration of outstanding deaths, Queensland, 2010, and paragraph 36 of the Explanatory Notes.






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