4125.0 - Gender Indicators, Australia, Feb 2014  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 25/02/2014   
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Women continue to live longer than men

In 2010-2012, life expectancy at birth in Australia was 79.9 years for men and 84.3 years for women, a gap of around four and a half years. Since 1998-2000, life expectancy at birth has increased by 3.3 years for males and 2.3 years for females.

Graph: Life expectancy at birth in years for males and females, 2000 to 2012

Cancer death rates on decline, although more men than women continue to die from cancer

In 2011, age standardised death rates from cancer were 60% higher for males than females (219.1 compared to 136.7 per 100,000 males/ females respectively). However, since 2001 death rates have declined most notably for males, and to a lesser extent females (down 34.4 and 14.7 deaths per 100,000 females/ males respectively).

Graph: Male and female standardised death rates from cancer (per 100,000 males/ females respectively)

Prevalence of reported disability on the decline

In 2012, the proportion of males and females reporting a disability was roughly equal (18% and 17% respectively (age standardised)). Since 2003, the proportion of males and females reporting a disability has declined by 3% and 2% respectively.