Australian Road Deaths Database

The Australian Road Deaths Database provides basic details of road transport crash fatalities in Australia as reported by the police each month to the State and Territory road safety authorities. It is published by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics.

Details provided in the database fall into two groups:

  • the circumstances of the crash, for example, location, crash type, day of week, time.
  • some details regarding the persons killed, for example, age, gender and road user group.

Citations for information derived from this database should include the publisher, the database name, the webpage, and the date of access.

When is the data updated?

  • The fatality data is updated every month.
  • The heavy vehicle flags (for articulated truck, heavy rigid truck and bus involvement) are only updated each quarter, and are current to within two months. Information for heavy rigid truck involvement in crashes earlier than 2004 is incomplete.
  • From August 2018 BITRE will be adding location-related fields (ABS Remoteness Area, Local government area, road type based on PSMA Transport Hierarchy, table 15, and ABS SA4 name based on the Australian Statistical Geography Standard) for crashes since 1 January 2015. Back series for these new fields are not available for all jurisdictions.

Database (Data current to October 2018)

The following changes have been made to the online database:

  • Date of crash has been removed. Year, Month and Day of week are retained.
  • Tables have been added to provide counts of fatal crashes and fatalities by day.
  • The format of the CrashID field has been altered to 8 digits.