Safety performance indicators

High Level outcome Measures

Measure Baseline
(2008-2010)
2019 % Change1
Number of deaths resulting from road crashes 1,426 1,184 -17.0%
Number of road crashes resulting in deaths 1,297 1,098 -15.3%
Number of deaths per 100,000 population 6.6 4.6 -30.3%
Number of deaths per 100 million vehicle-kilometres travelled 0.63 0.45 -28.6%
Number of deaths per 10,000 registered vehicles 0.91 0.6 -34.1%

Road Deaths by Jurisdiction

Measure Baseline
(2008-2010)
2019 % Change1
New South Wales 411 353 -14.0%
Victoria 294 265 -9.8%
Queensland 303 219 -27.6%
South Australia 112 114 1.8%
Western Australia 196 163 -16.8%
Tasmania 44 29 -34.1%
Northern Territory 52 35 -32.7%
Australian Capital Territory 15 6 -59.1%

Source:

  • National Crash Database (NCD). The NCD is the source for formal reporting on progress against the National Road Safety Strategy. These counts are updated annually and will vary from previous reports.

1 Baseline figures are rounded to whole numbers. Calculations have been made prior to rounding for accurate recording.

Outcome Measures – Australia

Safe Roads

Measure Baseline
(2008-2010)
2019 % Change9
Number of deaths from head-on crashes 271 206 -24.1%
Number of deaths from single-vehicle crashes 654 558 -14.7%
Number of deaths from intersection crashes 301 254 -15.6%
Number of deaths from crashes on metropolitan roads1 499 406 -18.6%
Number of deaths from crashes on regional roads 777 655 -15.7%
Number of deaths from crashes on remote roads2 138 123 -10.9%

Safe People – Responsible road use

Measure Baseline
(2008-2010)
2019 % Change9
Number of young driver and motorcycle rider deaths (aged 17-25 yrs) 223 144 -35.3%
Number of deaths from crashes involving a young driver or motorcycle rider (aged 17-25 yrs) 470 308 -34.5%
Number of older driver and motorcycle rider deaths (aged 65+ yrs) 114 152 33.7%
Number of deaths from crashes involving an older driver or motorcycle rider (aged 65+ yrs) 209 253 21.1%
Number of motorcyclist deaths 232 212 -8.5%
Number of cyclist deaths 32 39 20.6%
Number of pedestrian deaths 186 159 -14.7%
Number of deaths from crashes involving a heavy vehicle 248 206 -16.8%

Safe People – Irresponsible road use3

Measure Baseline
(2008-2010)
2019 % Change9
Number of drivers and motorcycle riders killed with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) above the legal limit4 149 98 -34.2%
Number of deaths from crashes involving a driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) above the legal limit 214 133 -37.9%
Number of deaths from crashes involving an unlicensed driver or motorcycle rider5 143 96 -32.7%
Number of vehicle occupants killed who were not wearing a restraint 215 139 -35.3%
Number of drivers and motorcycle riders killed who had an illegal drug in their system 53 75 41.5%
Number of deaths from crashes involving a driver or motorcycle rider who had an illegal drug in their system 84 106 26.2%

Safety Performance Indicators – Australia

Safe Speeds

Measure Baseline
(2008-2010)
2019 % Change9
Number of deaths from crashes where speed was a contributory factor N/A N/A N/A
Mean free speeds at designated sites across the network N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of vehicles speeding by vehicle type and offence category N/A N/A N/A

Safe Vehicles

Measure Baseline
(2008-2010)
2019 % Change9
Average age of the Australian vehicle fleet (years)6 10.0 10.2 2.0%
Average age of passenger vehicles 9.7 9.9 2.1%
Percentage of new light vehicles sold with a 5-star ANCAP rating7 56% (2010) 92% 64.3%
Percentage of new vehicles sold with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) N/A 66%8 N/A

1 This count excludes Hobart and Darwin. Uses Australian Statistical Geography Standard Remoteness Structure (2016) from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. These counts have been updated this year and will vary from previous reports.

2 Totals for metropolitan, regional and remote categories do not add to the annual totals because some fatalities could not be coded to a regional category.

3 Fatality counts for each of the following indicators are lower-bound estimates – due to a substantial number of cases with unknown values

4 Data excludes Victoria as BAC data were unavailable, and excludes Western Australia as licensing data (needed to determine legal BAC limit) was unavailable. The baseline excludes data from ACT as BAC data was available from 2012.

5 Excludes data from Western Australia as licensing data was unavailable.

6 Based on estimates from the annual Motor Vehicle Census, Australian Bureau of Statistics.

7 This data is sourced from ANCAP.

8 This figure represents AEB as standard equipment in April 2020. ANCAP report “Availability of Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) in Australia”, June 2020.

9 Baseline figures are rounded to whole numbers. Calculations have been made prior to rounding for accurate recording.