International Road Safety Comparisons—Annual

International Road Safety Comparison report cover image

Publication Type:
Statistical Report

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Department ID:
August 2015/INFRA2589

ISBN:
978-1-925216-64-6

ISSN:
1447-8218

Release Date:
August 2015

This report presents tabulations of road deaths and road death rates for Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) nations and Australian states and territories. The rates allow for a comparison of Australia's road safety performance with that of other OECD nations by accounting for the differing levels of populations, motorisation and distances travelled.

2013 : At a glance

  • In terms of annual deaths per 100,000 population in 2013: Australia's rate of 5.13 was the 17th lowest rate out of the 33 nations with available data. The nations with the two lowest rates were Sweden (2.72) and United Kingdom (2.76).

    Between 2004 and 2013, the rate of annual road crash fatalities per 100,000 population in Australia declined by a total of 35.0 per cent. Over the same period the OECD median rate fell by 51.6 per cent. All Australian jurisdictions achieved reduction of at least 11.7 per cent. When road crash fatality rates are standardised by age, the rates for several countries change, but the overall order remains largely the same.
  • In terms of annual deaths per 10,000 registered vehicles in 2013: Australia's rate of 0.69 was the 12th lowest rate out of the 21 nations with available data. The nations with the two lowest rates were Sweden (0.45) and Switzerland (0.46).

    Annual road deaths in Australia relative to vehicle ownership declined between 2004 and 2013 by a total of 40.9 per cent. During this period the median rate for OECD nations declined by 49.3 per cent. Australian jurisdictions all achieved reductions of at least 24.5 per cent.
  • In terms of annual deaths per 100 million vehicle-kilometres-travelled in 2013: Australia's rate of 0.50 was the 11th lowest rate out of 22 nations with available data. The nations with the two lowest rates were Sweden (0.34) and United Kingdom (0.35).

    Between 2004 and 2013, Australia’s rate declined by a total of 31.9 per cent whilst the OECD median declined by 42.3 per cent. For Australian jurisdictions, the reductions ranged from 6.3 per cent (Northern Territory) to 39.7 per cent (New South Wales).

Road deaths per 100,000 population—OECD nations and Australian states/territories, 2013

A bar chart showing road deaths per 100,000 population for OECD nations and Australian states/territories, 2013

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