International Road Safety Comparisons—Annual

International Road Safety Comparison report cover image

Publication Type:
Statistical Report

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ISBN:
978-1-925701-59-3

ISSN:
1447-8218

Release Date:
September 2018

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.

2016 : At a glance

  • In terms of annual deaths per 100,000 population in 2016: Australia’s rate of 5.34 (up from 5.06 in 2015) was the 15th lowest rate out of the 31 nations with available data. The nations with the two lowest rates were Norway (2.59) and Switzerland (2.59).

    Between 2007 and 2016, Australia’s rate declined by 30.6 per cent. Over the same period, the OECD median declinied by 35.7 per cent.
  • In terms of the Australian Bureau of Statistics Remoteness Area classification of Australia, rates in 2016 varied from 2.64 in Major Cities to 34.58 in Very Remote Areas. Increases occured in Major Cities, Inner and Outer Regional Australia, and in Very Remote Australia, while the rate for Remote Australia decreased.
  • In terms of annual deaths per 10,000 registered vehicles in 2016: Australia’s rate of 0.70 (up marginally on 2015) was the 13th lowest rate out of the 26 nations with available data. The nations with the two lowest rates were Norway (0.34) and Switzerland (0.35).

    Between 2007 and 2016, Australia’s rate declined 35.2 per cent. Over this period the OECD median declined 39.9 per cent.
  • In terms of annual deaths per 100 million vehicle kilometres travelled in 2016: Australia’s rate of 0.52 (up marginally on 2015) was the 10th lowest rate out of 17 nations with available data. The nations with the two lowest rates were Norway (0.30) and Ireland (0.38).

    Between 2007 and 2016, Australia’s rate declined 28.6 per cent whilst the OECD median declined 37.7 per cent.
  • Annual fatalities across all OECD countries have (with the exception of Iceland) shown declining trends over the last 25 years. Further analysis over the last ten years shows that those countries with the highest growth rates in population and in vehicle registrations had the smallest reduction in fatalities.

Road deaths per 100,000 population 31 OECD countries, Australian states/territories, and Australia's Remoteness areas, 2016

A bar chart showing road deaths per 100,000 population for OECD nations and Australian states/territories, 2016

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