At birth

Boys born in 2015 can expect to live an average of around 80 years. Of this time, an estimated:

  • 63 years will be lived free of disability
  • 17 years will be with some level of disability, including around 5 years with severe or profound disability (Figure 1).

Girls born in 2015 can expect to live an average of around 85 years. Of this time, an estimated:

  • 65 years will be lived free of disability
  • 19 years will be with some level of disability, including around 7 years with severe or profound disability (Figure 1).

For people born in 2015, this equates to living around one-fifth of their life with some level of disability (21% for males and 22% for females).

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Figure 1 Alternative text

Chart showing the average number of years at birth that males and females can expect to live with and without disability. The reader can select to display the chart by disability severity, and by year, including 2003, 2009, 2012 and 2015. The chart shows females, born in 2015, can expect to live 65 years without disability and 19 years with disability, compared with 63 and 17 years for males.