International Road Safety Comparisons—Annual

International Road Safety Comparison report cover image

Publication Type:
Statistical Report

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Department ID:
September 2016/INFRA2971

ISBN:
978-1-925401-78-3

ISSN:
2206-950X

Release Date:
September 2016

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.

2014 : At a glance

  • In terms of annual deaths per 100,000 population in 2014: Australia's rate of 4.92 was the 14th lowest rate out of the 32 nations with available data. The nations with the two lowest rates were Iceland (1.23) and Sweden (2.80).

    Between 2005 and 2014, the rate of annual road crash fatalities per 100,000 population in Australia declined by a total of 38.9 per cent. Over the same period the OECD median rate fell by 46.0 per cent. All Australian jurisdictions achieved reduction of at least 11.7 per cent.
  • In terms of annual deaths per 10,000 registered vehicles in 2014: Australia's rate of 0.66 was the 11th lowest rate out of the 26 nations with available data. The nations with the two lowest rates were Iceland (0.15) and Norway (0.37).

    Annual road deaths in Australia relative to vehicle ownership declined between 2005 and 2014 by a total of 44.0 per cent. During this period the median rate for OECD nations declined by 46.0 per cent. Australian jurisdictions all achieved reductions of at least 19.8 per cent.
  • In terms of annual deaths per 100 million vehicle kilometres travelled in 2014: Australia's rate of 0.48 was the 8th lowest rate out of 13 nations with available data. The nations with the two lowest rates were Iceland (0.12) and Norway (0.33).

    Between 2005 and 2014, Australia’s rate declined by a total of 35.8 per cent whilst the OECD median declined by 49.8 per cent. For Australian jurisdictions, the reductions ranged from 3.1 per cent (Western Australia) to 64.9 per cent (Australian Capital Territory).

Road deaths per 100,000 population 32 OECD countries, Australian states/territories, and Australia's Remoteness areas, 2014

A bar chart showing road deaths per 100,000 population for OECD nations and Australian states/territories, 2014

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