South Australia's Strategic Plan is comprised of 100 targets. These targets are specific and measurable and enable us to measure our progress towards achieving the Plan's visions and goals.

Each target is reported on through this section of the website. Data has been updated as at December 2017.


79. Aboriginal life expectancy:

Increase the average life expectancy of Aboriginal South Australians

Key Measure


Explanatory Comments

For Aboriginal children born in 2015, state data establishes life expectancy at 77.2 years for men and 81.6 years for women. This continues a consistent improvement from the baseline in 2002 with ongoing improvement in average length of life for both males and females towards the 2020 target.

There are a range of measures that SA Health has in place to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal people. Supporting this is the Closing the Gap state investment of $10.7m per annum ongoing for the development and implementation of additional Aboriginal health programs and services across SA Health and non-government Aboriginal health services.

SA Health is guided by the Aboriginal Cultural Respect Framework that provides the overarching policy direction to drive systemic improvements for supporting better Aboriginal health outcomes, as well as a range of broader initiatives including the:

  • SA Health Aboriginal Health Care Plan;
  • The Aboriginal Health Impact Statement;
  • The development of Aboriginal employment strategies, and;
  • The South Australian Aboriginal Health Partnership Framework Agreement.

METHOD: Population numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was estimated per year using a linear interpolation of the 2001, 2006 and 2011 Indigenous population profiles from the ABS census of population and housing.  Deaths were retrieved from the relevant BDM deaths files.  Based on these inputs South Australian Aboriginal life expectancy at birth was calculated for a rolling five-year window from 1998-2002 to 2011-2015.  Because the ABS only releases population data in the Indigenous profiles for a top age bracket of 65+ years, this age group was used as the top age bracket in the life tables.

Lead Agency

SA Health