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Life expectancy refers to the average number of additional years a person of a given age and sex might expect to live if the age-specific death rates of the given period continued throughout his/her lifetime.
LIFE EXPECTANCY AT BIRTH - 1993-2003Recent reductions in the death rates at the older ages, especially from diseases of the circulatory system, have led to improvements in life expectancy of adults. In 1903, life expectancy for Australian males aged 65 years was 11.3 years, compared with 16.7 years for Tasmanian males in 2003. For Australian females aged 65 years, life expectancy in 1903 was 12.9 years, compared with 20.0 years for Tasmanian females in 2003.
(Source: Australian Historical Population Statistics, cat. no. 3105.0.65.001)
The table below shows that all age groups have an increased life expectancy compared to the same age groups ten years ago.