3106.0 - Demography News, Dec 1999  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 10/12/1999   
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population issues

In 1998, fertility of Indigenous women is estimated to average at least 2.2 babies per woman compared with an average of 1.76 babies for all women. Indigenous babies were lighter, with an average birth weight of 3,140 grams compared to 3,360 grams for all babies.

Indigenous Australians had a death rate at least three times higher than that of the total population in 1998. The average age at death for Indigenous people was 50 years, 27 years less than the average age for all deaths.

For more information see Births, Australia, 1998 (Cat. No. 3301.0) and Deaths, Australia, 1998 (Cat. No. 3302.0).