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Life expectancy is lower for people in regional and remote areas. The reduced life expectancy of Indigenous Australians-which is about 17 years lower than that of all Australians-along with the higher proportion of Indigenous Australians living in more remote areas contributes to the lower life expectancy outside Major cities.

Life expectancy (years) by Remoteness Area, 2002-04
Major cities Inner regional Outer regional Remote Very remote Australia
Males 79.0 77.8 76.9 76.5 72.1 78.4
Females 83.8 83.1 82.6 81.8 77.6 83.4

Source: AIHW National Mortality Database.

Life expectancy (years) for non-Indigenous Australians, by Remoteness Area, 2002-04
Major cities Inner regional Outer regional Remote Very remote Australia
Males 79.1 77.9 77.2 78.1 78.3 78.6
Females 83.8 83.1 83.0 83.4 84.2 83.6

Source: AIHW National Mortality Database.