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National Healthcare Agreement: PB a–Better health: close the life expectancy gap for Indigenous Australians within a generation, 2020

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Metadata item type:Help on this termIndicator
Indicator type:Help on this termIndicator
Short name:Help on this termPB a–Close the life expectancy gap for Indigenous Australians within a generation, 2020
METeOR identifier:Help on this term716254
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 13/03/2020
Description:Help on this term

Difference between Indigenous and non-Indigenous life expectancies at birth.

Indicator set:Help on this termNational Healthcare Agreement (2020) Health, Standard 13/03/2020
Outcome area:Help on this termPrevention Health, Standard 07/07/2010

Collection and usage attributes

Computation description:Help on this term

A generation is defined as 25 years.

Life expectancy for Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations is calculated for a rolling 3-year period and reported every 5 years.

Presented as number of years.

Computation:Help on this term

Calculated by direct estimation of life expectancy at birth for all Australians, Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians using the average number of deaths in the 3-year period and the estimated resident population at a mid-point of that period.

Numerator:Help on this term

The gap estimate does not have a numerator or denominator. The average number of years a person could expect to live from the day they are born, if they experienced mortality rates at each age, that are currently experienced by the relevant population.

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Data Element / Data SetData Element

Number of years of life expectancy at birth


Data Source
ABS Life Tables for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians
Guide for use

Data source type: Census based and administrative by-product data


Disaggregation:Help on this term

2015–17—State and territory (see note below), by:

  • Indigenous status and sex
  • Indigenous status, sex and Remoteness Area (Major cities, Inner and Outer Regional combined and Remote and Very Remote combined).

Note: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander estimates of life expectancy are not produced for Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania or the Australian Capital Territory due to the small number of Indigenous deaths reported in these jurisdictions.

Some disaggregation may result in numbers too small for publication.

Disaggregation data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetPerson—area of usual residence, statistical area level 2 (SA2) code (ASGS 2016) N(9)
Data Source
ABS Life Tables for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians
Guide for use

Data source type: Census based and administrative by-product data
Used for disaggregation by state/territory


Data Element / Data SetPerson—sex, code X
Data Source
ABS Life Tables for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians
Guide for use

Data source type: Census based and administrative by-product data


Data Element / Data SetPerson—Indigenous status, code N
Data Source
ABS Life Tables for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians
Guide for use

Data source type: Census based and administrative by-product data


Comments:Help on this term

Most recent data available for 2020 National Healthcare Agreement performance reporting: 2015–2017 (Indigenous and non-Indigenous population).

Baseline: 2005–2007.

Indigenous estimates of life expectancy are not produced for Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania or the Australian Capital Territory due to the small number of Indigenous deaths reported in these jurisdictions.

The Life Tables for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians (cat. no. 3302.0.55.003) publication is produced every 5 years. Non-Indigenous estimates in this publication are to be used as a comparator to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander life expectancy estimates. The reference year for 2020 national reporting of life expectancy estimates for the Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations is 2015–17 (published on 29 November 2018). This source is to be used until the next issue (for the reference year 2020–2022) is released in 2023.

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termMean (average)
Data type:Help on this termReal
Unit of measure:Help on this termTime (e.g. days, hours)
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Data source attributes

Data sources:Help on this term
Data SourceABS Life Tables for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians
Data custodian

Australian Bureau of Statistics


Accountability attributes

Reporting requirements:Help on this term

National Healthcare Agreement

Organisation responsible for providing data:Help on this term

Australian Bureau of Statistics

Benchmark:Help on this term

National Healthcare Agreement Performance Benchmark:

Close the life expectancy gap for Indigenous Australians within a generation.

Refer:

http://www.federalfinancialrelations.gov.au/content/npa/health/_archive/healthcare_national-agreement.pdf.

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Relational attributes

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Supersedes National Healthcare Agreement: PB a–Better health: close the life expectancy gap for Indigenous Australians within a generation, 2019 Health, Superseded 13/03/2020

Has been superseded by National Healthcare Agreement: PB a–Better health: close the life expectancy gap for Indigenous Australians within a generation, 2021 Health, Standardisation pending 25/05/2020

See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 06–Life expectancy, 2020 Health, Standard 13/03/2020

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