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Definition

The average number of years a person could expect to live if they experienced the age/sex specific death rates that applied at their birth throughout their lifetime.
Numerator

The average number of years a person could expect to live from the day they are born if they experienced mortality rates at each age that are currently experienced by the relevant population.

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Denominator
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Computation

Life expectancy for total population is calculated for a rolling 3-year period and reported annually.

Life expectancy for Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations is calculated for a rolling 3-year period and reported every 5 years.

Presented as:

  • number of years
  • confidence intervals/variability bands (Indigenous life expectancy only)
  • difference between Indigenous and non-Indigenous life expectancies at birth
  • difference between male and female …
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Disaggregation

2010–12—State and territory, by:

  • sex

2005–07 (revised), 2010–12—State and territory, by:

  • Indigenous status and sex

2010–12—Nationally, by:

  • Sex by remoteness (major city and inner regional; outer regional, remote and very remote)
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Calculation rules

Computation Rule
Description

Life expectancy for total population is calculated for a rolling 3-year period and reported annually.

Life expectancy for Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations is calculated for a rolling 3-year period and reported every 5 years.

Presented as:

  • number of years
  • confidence intervals/variability bands (Indigenous life expectancy only)
  • difference between Indigenous and non-Indigenous life expectancies at birth
  • difference between male and female life expectancies at birth (total population)
Numerators

The average number of years a person could expect to live from the day they are born if they experienced mortality rates at each age that are currently experienced by the relevant population.

Denominators
Disaggregation

2010–12—State and territory, by:

  • sex

2005–07 (revised), 2010–12—State and territory, by:

  • Indigenous status and sex

2010–12—Nationally, by:

  • Sex by remoteness (major city and inner regional; outer regional, remote and very remote)

References

AIHW, Begg S, Vos T, Barker B, Stevenson C, Stanley L & Lopez A 2007. The burden of disease and injury in Australia 2003. Cat. no. PHE 82. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 16 April 2014 http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442467990.


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