Road Trauma Australia—Annual Summaries

Publication Type:
Statistical Report

Publication Subject(s):

Department ID:
August 2016/INFRA2956



Release Date:
August 2016

This annual bulletin contains calendar year counts of fatal road crashes and road crash deaths. It also includes rates of deaths per population, per registered vehicle and per vehicle kilometre travelled. Data are sourced from the road traffic or police authorities in each jurisdiction, the Australian Bureau of Statistics and BITRE.

2015 : At a glance

  • Over the last decade total annual deaths decreased by 24.6 per cent. The estimated trend is a reduction of 3.7 per cent per year. Across jurisdictions the strongest downward trends were achieved in Tasmania, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.
  • In 2015 the number of annual deaths per 100,000 population was 5.1. Over the last decade this rate declined by a total of 35.2 per cent, equating to an estimated trend reduction of 5.3 per cent per year.
  • Analysis by age group shows that this rate decreased for all the age groups presented, but the largest reduction was for younger road users. For those aged 17-25 years, the rate per 100,000 population decreased over the decade by 54.4 per cent. However, this rate remains above the national average.
  • A continuous series of population rates for annual hospitalised injuries is only available for the decade to 2011. During this time, annual hospitalised injuries per 100,000 population increased from 143.4 to 151.7. This is 30 times the rate for fatalities.
  • Over the decade, total vehicle registrations increased by 25.4 per cent. During this time, passenger car registrations increased by 21.1 per cent and motorcycle registrations increased by 74.3 per cent.

Bargraph with line showing annual counts of fatalities and annual rates per 100000 population