Overview

Life expectancy is one of the most commonly used measures of overall health of a population. It is expressed as either the number of years a newborn baby is expected to live, or the expected years of life remaining for a person at a given age, and is estimated from the death rates in a population. Examining causes, patterns and trends in death can also help explain differences and changes in the health of a population, contribute to the evaluation of health strategies and interventions, and guide planning and policy-making.

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Latest findings

In 2020, there were 161,300 deaths registered in Australia

In 2020, child deaths rates (aged 0–4 years) were 29% lower than in 2010 (71 compared to 100 per 100,000 population)

In 2020, 49% of deaths for people aged less than 75 in Australia were potentially avoidable deaths

11% of people who died aged under 65 from coronary heart disease did not use a health service in their final year

97% of people used at least one health service in scope in their final year

Average health service costs in the last year of life were highest for people who died from bowel cancer

More reports and statistics on life expectancy & deaths can be found under Burden of disease and Injury.