Life expectancy


7 Dec 2017

As Australians are living longer, it is important to understand whether people are spending more years in good health or more years living with illness. The measure of health-adjusted life expectancy (HALE) can be used to understand this.

HALE extends the concept of life...


1 Dec 2017

This report examines Indigenous mortality and life expectancy during the period 2001 to 2015, based on evidence from the Enhanced Mortality Database. The study observed increases in life expectancy during the study period for both Indigenous males and females across most jurisdictions. Life expectancy however...

Research report

4 Oct 2017

Australia's 12 million males (in 2016) experience varying health outcomes across population characteristics like Indigenous status, remoteness, socioeconomic disadvantage and age. Males also experience different, and often poorer, health outcomes than females.

Audio program

22 Feb 2017

The life expectancy for people living in the developed world continues to rise, with South Korean women soon expected to live, on average, beyond 90 years. Odds are also good for Australians, with a life expectancy of 84 years by 2030.

In Australia, the...

Journal article

4 Jul 2016

It is well known that the health of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is considerably poorer than that of their non-Indigenous counterparts. Strategies, policies, programs and funding over many years have been targeted toward improving the health of Indigenous Australians and closing the...


5 Jun 2016

The life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and the rest of the population remains two decades wide. Despite the ABS reporting that the life expectancy gap has been reduced to 10.6 years, it is in fact still more than 20 years less...


Discussion paper

21 Apr 2016

This article discusses the similarities between Australian and New Zealand Indigenous people's troublesome health issues.

Indigenous people in Australia and New Zealand, despite the distance separating them and varying histories, have one disturbing issue in common: poor health. A landmark comprehensive report published today...

Research report

16 Feb 2016

Examines the extent to which membership in social groups following retirement determines quality of life and mortality.

Abstract Objectives: Retirement constitutes a major life transition that poses significant challenges to health, with many retirees experiencing a precipitous decline in health status following retirement....

Research report

10 Feb 2016

This 2016 Closing the Gap report shows, as in previous years, that there have been mixed levels of success in meeting the targets set by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in 2008. It underscores the need for all Australian governments to intensify their efforts...

Research report

25 Nov 2015

Among the divides between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous people in Australia, the health and life expectancy gap and the stark difference in the rates of imprisonment are among the most well-known.

It is estimated that, on average, an Indigenous male...

Research report

30 Oct 2015

The latest information on how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in New South Wales are faring according to a range of measures of health status and outcomes, determinants of health and health system performance.


The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander...

Research report

30 Sep 2015

At a time of unpredictable challenges for health, whether from a changing climate, emerging infectious diseases, or the next microbe that develops drug resistance, one trend is certain: the ageing of populations is rapidly accelerating worldwide. For the first time in history, most people can...


30 Jun 2015

The 65-years-and-over age group nearly doubled in number between 1981 and 2013 – from 309,795 to 607,032 people – according to 2013 Census results.

Overview The 65-years-and-over age group nearly doubled in number between 1981 and 2013 – from 309,795 to 607,032 people...

Research report

24 Jul 2007

The way we theorise ageing provides a 'cultural template' which effects both policy and practice and which has consequences for the way people make a social contribution. This paper illustrates the implications of this cultural template by reference to an ongoing empirical study of Grey...

Research report

1 Jul 2006

Life expectancy has increased markedly over the last century. Has the number of years lived with illness or disability fallen or risen as overall life expectancy has lengthened? This report explores this question, focusing on years lived with disability. The report updates previous estimates of...

Research report

29 Jan 2004

There have always been differences of view on what poverty means in conceptual terms, and even greater differences on how to measure it. These differences span a broad spectrum of normative and ideological positions and raise a number of technical issues surrounding the statistical measurement...

Research report

26 Mar 2003

Based on Australian Bureau of Statistics surveys of 1981, 1988, 1993 and 1998 this paper presents estimates of health expectancies of the states Disability-free and Disabled for females and males aged 60 and over by cohort from 1980 and current for the survey years. Findings...

Research report

‘Life expectancy’ measures how many years, on average, a person of a given age can expect to live if current death rates do not change. While life expectancy is an important indicator of population health, people’s health and wellbeing are also increasingly being considered in...