Here's how long Australian Millennials and Gen Z are expected to live

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The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released new life expectancy at birth estimates which reveal the average number of years that a newborn baby could expect to live.

The latest data sees babies born between 2014-2016 given a life expectancy of 80.4 years for males and 84.6 years for females.

This has increased over the past 10 years by 1.7 years for males and 1.1 years for females.

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That chart shows the life expectancy of those born between 1986 and 2016, almost capturing the entirety of the Millennial and Generation Z generations.

The improvement in male life expectancy has also outpaced that of females. Around 45 years ago, the life expectancy at birth in Australia was 68.3 years for males and 74.8 years for females — a gap of 6.5 years. That has now narrowed to 4.1 years in 2014-2016.

The reasons for these improvements come down to factors such as improved health services, safer working environments, and medical and technological advances.

When split into states and territories, the Australian Capital Territory had the highest life expectancy at birth for both males at 81.3 years, and females at 85.2 years.

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Life expectancy at birth was lowest in the Northern Territory at 75.6 years for males and 78.7 years for females, which were 4.8 years and 5.9 years lower than the life expectancies for Australian males and females respectively.

By international comparison, Australia has the third highest male and female combined life expectancy of all the countries in the United Nations at 82.5 years.

Only two other countries — Japan and Switzerland — have higher life expectancies than Australia.

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