Aussies are living longer, especially if you live in one state

“We are living longer and longer” is a common phrase which is now being backed up with science from the

“We are living longer and longer” is a common phrase which is now being backed up with science from the Bureau of Statistics.

Life expectancy is at an all-time high for Australia as on average women are living a year longer and men are living almost two years longer than they were a decade ago. These stats don’t include for further advancements in medicine and science, but the ABS do say that with further advancements we could easily tack another four years onto the average.

Source ABS

Great news if you are living in the Australian Capital Territory as the ACT has the highest life expectancy rate in the whole country followed closely by Victoria.

Expert Peter McDonald from the University of Melbourne told The Sydney Morning Herald, “They are not any individual’s lifetime; they are just telling you the expectation of life you would get if life expectancy didn’t change”. Adding, “And for the last 200 years it has been going up.”

The Northern Territory has the lowest life expectancy rate in the country however it also improved by 3.2 years for men and 0.3 years for women.

As far as how Australia compares to the rest of the world, out of the countries selected in the survey Australia comes in at a close third behind Japan at number one, and Italy at number two. Canada and New Zealand are almost tied for the fourth spot while South Africa is at the bottom of the list.

While these are just averages, it is comforting to know that the leaps and bounds that medical science has taken over the past decade have started to pay off in our lifetimes.

  1. Of course it would be the ACT……home of our elitist/politicians. Where the gender gap is much less than other states, where Government jobs are taken back from other states so the local people all have work, full time pay and a sense of security. Here in WA we use to process our passports locally but then jobs were getting thin in the ACT so our department was relocated back to the Canberra. Of course politicians don’t want more angst in there capital so they make sure jobs are plentiful and pays are above average. That way our pollies can walk the streets without being harassed every time they go for takeout….

  2. [email protected]  

    sorry thats not the way it is. Most politicians have nothing but contempt for Canberra and can’t wait to leave at the weekend! Barnaby Joyce is currently closing one department and moving it to Armidale which is in his constituency.
    Canberra’s are just like any other Australians – struggling. the jobs are not plentiful and everything it very expensive thanks to our local government.

  3. Robin Henry  

    Small places like the ACT provide a greater chance of survival after a heart attack, stroke, snake bite, accident etc and therefore the statistics are skewed. If, like me, you live in the Northern Territory and happen to be 500 km from a hospital or medical centre when a crisis hits, your chances of survival are considerably decreased.

    Figures for the Northern Territory are also skewed because of our larger Aboriginal population whose health tends to be much worse than it is for other Australians.

    Essentially, the figures aren’t all that useful although it is clear that as a whole, we are living longer now than previously. Whether that will mean your or I will live longer is uncertain.

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