Statistics and Indicators

Life Expectancy


    Life expectancy at birth, ACT and Australia, 2010-12 to 2018-20

    • Life expectancy continues to be high in the ACT and is expected to increase slightly over the next 10 years
    • Of the Australian states and territories in 2018-20, the ACT recorded the highest life expectancy at birth for both females (85.9 years) and males (82.1 years).
    • Life expectancy (life tables) are based on death rates over a particular period of time. Mortality rates used in the Australian and state and territory life tables are based on the occurrence of deaths in a three-year period and the estimated resident population at the mid-point of that period. The life tables do not take into account future assumed improvements in mortality.

    Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Life tables methodology. Canberra: ABS; 2017-2019 [cited 2020 Dec 21]. Available from:

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    Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Life tables methodology. Canberra: ABS; 2018-2020 [cited 2022 Jan 19]. Available from: Life tables, 2018 - 2020 | Australian Bureau of Statistics (