Australians are now forecast to live longer than ever according to the latest ABS data. Men born today are forecast to live until 80.9 years, and women will live even longer, up to 85 years.
The changes in life expectancy over the last three decades have favoured men more than women. In 1992 it was forecast that men would live until 74.5, however women were already forecast to live to 80.4. This indicates that men’s life expectancy has improved faster in these last three decades of rapid technological change and scientific advancement amidst the information age.
The brutal fact we must all face however, is that like taxes, death is inevitable. In 2019, sadly Australia farewelled 169,301 people who died, an increase of 10,808 (6.8%) from 2018 according the ABS. The median age of death in 2019 was 81.7 years, (78.8 males, 84.4 females).
Australia’s oldest generation, The Builders, as seen on our Australian population and generation infographic, were born before 1946 and now total just 1.8 million Australians (7% of our national population). This cohort of Australians were self-made, resourceful and resilient. Despite this, they felt the biggest negative impact of COVID was social, more so than younger generations according to one of our COVID-19 impact studies on Australians.
At McCrindle, we love each generation, and we are committed to empowering human flourishing for all Australians through research, visual communication and engaging presentations. To learn more about Australia’s generations and the future consumers, please see our latest report The Future Consumer.