Girls and boys born in the ACT are expected to outlive other Australians.

By Joe McDonough

Posted on October 19, 2017

Babies born in the Australian Capital Territory are expected to live longer than those conceived in other states and territories, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures.

The ABS has released new life expectancy at birth estimates, which reveal the average number of years that a newborn baby can expect to live.

The ACT has proven to be the benchmark in both the male and female categories for 2014-2016, just as it was a decade earlier (from 2004-2006).

Girls born in and around Canberra during the last three years have a staggering life expectancy of 85.2 years (followed by Western Australia’s 84.8), while the boys have an average of 81.3 (followed by Victoria’s 81.2).

At the other end of the spectrum, life expectancy at birth was lowest in the Northern Territory at 75.6 years for males and 78.7 years for females.

The director of the Centre for Health Policy at the University of Melbourne, Philip Clarke, told the Sydney Morning Herald that improved life expectancy in the ACT was tied to the better education levels and income of its inhabitants, while shorter lifespans in the Northern Territory were connected to Indigenous disadvantage.

As a nation, babies born between 2014-2016 have an average life expectancy of 80.4 years for males, and 84.6 years for females. This is an improvement over the past 10 years by 1.7 years for males and 1.1 years for females.

As a result, Australia boasts the world’s third-highest combined life expectancy rate at 82.5 years, trailing only Japan (83.3) and Switzerland (82.7).

Source: ABS