Life expectancy and deaths hit historic highs

Life expectancy and death numbers hit historic highs in 2014, according to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).


Aussie males and females born today have the highest estimated life expectancy ever recorded in Australia. And the good news is both men and women can expect to celebrate their 80th birthday milestone.


"There are only six other countries worldwide where both men and women have a life expectancy over 80 years," said Beidar Cho from the ABS. "These countries are Japan, Italy, Switzerland, Iceland, Israel and Sweden."


"Australia has a higher life expectancy, at both the male and female level, than many similar countries to ours, such as New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States of America."


In Australia, male life expectancy at birth rose to 80.3 years in 2014 from 80.1 in 2013 and female life expectancy also increased to 84.4 years from 84.3.


"The two territories tell contrasting stories about mortality in Australia," said Ms Cho. "In 2014, the Australian Capital Territory had the highest life expectancy for both males and females while the Northern Territory had the lowest."


The national number of registered deaths rose 4.0 per cent to 153,580 in 2014 from 147,678 in 2013 and is indicative of Australia's growing and ageing population.


Australia's population stands at 23,927,000 and is increasing at one new person each 1 minute and 32 seconds.


Further details are in Deaths, Australia, 2014. State, territory and sub-state information is also available for free download from the ABS website.


12 November 2015.