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Life Expectancy


Life Expectancy is the expected average life span of an individual at birth or particular age interval in a particular period; if prevailing mortality rates would continue indefinitely into the future.

Life expectancy is a useful measure to compare the mortality experience between populations based on geography, or over time. Significant variations have been found compared to the overall Victorian estimate, for both males and females.

Life expectancy , based on aggregation of five years of mortality and population data, starting with the period 2004-2008, onward have been calculated for Victoria and each Local Government Area (LGA). In addition, life expectancies have been computed for LGAs aggregated into Primary Care Partnership (PCP) areas , DHHS Regions, DHHS Divisions, and aggregated metropolitan (metro) and rural LGAs. Life expectancy has also been computed for population groups based on the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2011 Index of Relative Socioeconomic Disadvantage (IRSD), and the Department of Health's Accessibility/Remoteness Index of Australia (ARIA).

Life Expectancy Reports

Estimates of life expectancy at birth and at five year intervals to 85 years, or older; together with 95% confidence intervals, were calculated for all areas, using an abridged period life table (Toson & Baker, 2003; Eayres & Williams, 2004).


Last updated: 08 September 2020
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