Australians living longer

Australians are expected to hit new ageing records.

A baby boy born today is expected to live to 80.7 years, while a baby girl will live to 84.9 years, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

"Male life expectancy has increased by 0.2 years over the 2015-2017 to 2016-2018 period, and by 1.5 years in the past ten years,” said ABS Demography Director, Beidar Cho.

“Female life expectancy has increased by 0.3 years during the same period, and by 1.2 years in the past decade."

It’s also good news for future retirees, with males who live to the traditional retirement age of 65 now expected to spend nearly 20 years in retirement.

State of the ages

When it comes to a breakdown of states and territories, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) top the charts.

In Victoria, a male born today can expect to live to 81.7 years, while in the ACT it’s 81.2 years.

A female born in both Victoria and the ACT today has a life expectancy of 85.3 years, the highest of any age expectancy in the country.

The lowest life expectancy for both sexes remains the Northern Territory, where men can expect to live to 75.5 years while women have a life expectancy of 80.2 years.

For more information, visit the ABS website.

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