International Road Safety Comparisons—Annual

International Road Safety Comparison report cover image

Publication Type:
Statistical Report

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Department ID:
September 2017/INFRA3364

ISBN:
978-1-925531-71-8

ISSN:
1447-8218

Release Date:
October 2017

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.

2015 : At a glance

  • In terms of annual deaths per 100,000 population in 2015: Australia’s rate of 5.05 (up from 4.89 in 2014) was the 14th lowest rate out of the 32 nations with available data. The nations with the two lowest rates were Norway (2.27) and Sweden (2.66).

    Between 2006 and 2015, Australia’s rate declined 35.3 per cent. Over the same period the OECD median fell 40.2 per cent.
  • Rates per 100,000 population increased for two thirds of OECD countries in 2015 compared to 2014.
  • In terms of Remoteness Area, rates per 100,000 population in 2015 increased in Major Cities, Outer Regional Australia, and Remote Australia, were unchanged in Inner Regional Australia, and decreased in Very Remote Australia.
  • In terms of annual deaths per 10,000 registered vehicles in 2015: Australia’s rate of 0.67 (up marginally on 2014) was the 12th lowest rate out of the 24 nations with available data. The nations with the two lowest rates were Norway (0.30) and Switzerland (0.42).

    Between 2006 and 2015, Australia’s rate declined 39.8 per cent. Over this period the OECD median declined 44.7 per cent.
  • In terms of annual deaths per 100 million vehicle kilometres travelled in 2015: Australia’s rate of 0.49 (up marginally on 2014) was the 8th lowest rate out of 18 nations with available data. The nations with the two lowest rates were Norway (0.26) and Sweden (0.32).

    Between 2006 and 2015, Australia’s rate declined 33.4 per cent whilst the OECD median declined 38.1 per cent.

Road deaths per 100,000 population 32 OECD countries, Australian states/territories, and Australia's Remoteness areas, 2015

A bar chart showing road deaths per 100,000 population for OECD nations and Australian states/territories, 2015

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