4338.0 - Profiles of Health, Australia, 2011-13  
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In 2011-12, the average Australian man (18 years and over) was 175.6 cm tall and weighed 85.9 kg. The average Australian woman was 161.8 cm tall and weighed 71.1 kg.

On average, Australians are growing taller and heavier over time. Between 1995 and 2011-12, the average height for men increased by 0.8 cm and for women by 0.4 cm, while the average weight for men increased by 3.9 kg and for women by 4.1 kg.

In general, older people are shorter than younger people with the average male aged 75 years and over (169.7 cm) being 8.1 cm shorter than one aged 18-24 years (177.8 cm). Women aged 75 years and over (155.7 cm) were also 8.1 cm shorter than women aged 18-24 years (163.8 cm) on average.

Graph Image for Average height, 1995 and 2011-12

Source(s): Australian Health Survey: First Results

People aged 45-54 years had the highest average weight: 89.2 kg for men and 73.4 kg for women.

Graph Image for Average weight, 1995 and 2011-12

Source(s): Australian Health Survey: First Results

Previous results for height and weight

National Health Survey 2007–08, 2004–05, 2001, 1995

Other articles on height and weight

Facts at your Fingertips: Health: Measuring Australians, 2007–08
How Australians Measure Up, 1995