3106.0 - Demography News, Mar 2001  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 04/03/2001   
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The difference between male and female life expectancy at birth in Australia continues to decline. In 1997-1999 life expectancy at birth was 76.2 years for males and 81.8 years for females, a difference of 5.6 years. The highest ever recorded difference of seven years occurred in 1980-82.

The 1999 infant mortality rate was 5.7 deaths per 1,000 live births, a slight increase from the 1998 rate of 5.0 deaths per 1,000 live births. The Indigenous infant mortality rate is estimated to be two and half times the rate for the total Australian population at 14 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1999.

Deaths Australia 1999 (Cat. no. 3302.0) contains details of deaths by state, age, sex, and cause. In addition time series analysis is included.

A dataset containing Underlying Cause of Death by Sex, Age at Death, State of Usual Residence and ICD10 for 1999 is now available as data cubes in AusStats or on request for other clients.