Australian Life Tables

For a large group of people of known age, it is possible to estimate their average life expectancy. These calculations are usually done after each Census and are called Life Tables.

Because people are increasingly different as they age, there are problems with these numbers:

  • They are averages and don't take account of individual variations

  • They don't take account of the ongoing trend of people living longer

Over the last twenty years or so there has been an explosion in well-researched information about what affects personal longevity. We developed the SHAPE Analyser to take account of how this information can affect individuals and what their own future might look like, building on the basic data in the Life Tables.

New information is constantly being published. We regularly update the SHAPE Analyser and website to take account of these developments, including when the Life Tables are updated.