3302.0.55.001 - Life Tables, States, Territories and Australia, 2016-2018  
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MEDIA RELEASE
30 October 2019
Embargo: 11:30 am (Canberra Time)
Life expectancy continues to improve


Life expectancy in Australia has reached record highs with a boy born today expected to live to 80.7 years and a girl to 84.9 years, according to the latest figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

"Male life expectancy has increased by 0.2 years over the 2015-2017 to 2016-2018 period, and by 1.5 years in the past ten years. Female life expectancy has increased by 0.3 years during the same period, and by 1.2 years in the past decade," ABS Demography Director Beidar Cho said.

In recent years, life expectancy for males has improved at a faster rate than that for females. Around 50 years ago (1965-67), life expectancy at birth in Australia was 67.6 years for males and 74.2 years for females, a gap of 6.6 years. The gap has now narrowed to 4.2 years in 2016-2018.

"Australians have a higher life expectancy than similar countries, such as New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the USA," Ms Cho said.

And for those Australians who make it as far as the traditional retirement age of 65 years, males can expect to live a further 19.9 years and females a further 22.6 years.

States and territories

Victoria recorded the highest male life expectancy (81.7 years), followed by the Australian Capital Territory (81.2 years), New South Wales (80.6 years), Western Australia (80.5 years), South Australia (80.4 years), Queensland (80.2 years) and Tasmania (79.3 years).

Both Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory recorded the highest female life expectancies (85.3 years), closely followed by Western Australia (85.1 years), then New South Wales (84.9 years), Queensland and South Australia (both 84.7 years) and Tasmania (83.2 years).

The Northern Territory recorded the lowest life expectancy for both males and females (75.5 years and 80.2 years, respectively). Despite this, male and female life expectancies in the Northern Territory showed the greatest gains of all the states and territories, over the last decade (2.9 years and 1.8 years).

Further details are in Life Tables, States, Territories and Australia, 2016-2018 (cat. no. 3302.0.55.001). Australia, state, territory and sub-state information is also available for free download from the ABS website https://www.abs.gov.au.

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Life expectancy at birth, States, territories and Australia - Selected years

Change
Change
2008
2017
2018
2008-2018
2017-2018

Australia(a)
Males
years
79.2
80.5
80.7
1.5
0.2
Females
years
83.7
84.6
84.9
1.2
0.3
New South Wales
Males
years
79.2
80.3
80.6
1.4
0.3
Females
years
83.9
84.6
84.9
1.0
0.3
Victoria
Males
years
79.6
81.3
81.7
2.1
0.4
Females
years
83.9
85.0
85.3
1.4
0.3
Queensland
Males
years
78.9
80.0
80.2
1.3
0.2
Females
years
83.7
84.4
84.7
1.0
0.3
South Australia
Males
years
79.2
80.3
80.4
1.2
0.1
Females
years
83.8
84.5
84.7
0.9
0.2
Western Australia
Males
years
79.3
80.3
80.5
1.2
0.2
Females
years
84.0
84.9
85.1
1.1
0.2
Tasmania
Males
years
77.7
78.7
79.3
1.6
0.6
Females
years
82.3
82.9
83.2
0.9
0.3
Northern Territory
Males
years
72.6
75.9
75.5
2.9
-0.4
Females
years
78.4
79.4
80.2
1.8
0.8
Australian Capital Territory
Males
years
80.1
81.1
81.2
1.1
0.1
Females
years
84.0
85.2
85.3
1.3
0.1

(a) Includes Other Territories.