Safety performance indicators
High level outcome measures
|Number of deaths resulting from road crashes||1,426||1,226||-14.00%|
|Number of road crashes resulting in deaths||1,297||1,130||-12.90%|
|Number of deaths per 100,000 population||6.6||5.0||-25.40%|
|Number of deaths per 100 million vehicle-kilometres travelled||0.63||0.48||-24.20%|
|Number of deaths per 10,000 registered vehicles||0.91||0.65||-28.30%|
Roads deaths by Jurisdiction
|New South Wales||411||389||-5.30%|
|Australian Capital Territory||15||5||-66.70%|
1 Average annual number during the three-year period 2008 to 2010. Note the baseline figures shown here are rounded to whole numbers, but were not rounded to calculate percentage change calculations.
2 The sum of jurisdiction baseline figures varies with the total due to rounding.
3 Uses data from the National Crash Database (as at October 2018).
- New South Wales
- South Australia
- Western Australia
- Northern Territory
- Australian Capital Territory
|Number of deaths from head-on crashes||271||223||-17.8%|
|Number of deaths from single-vehicle crashes||651||521||-19.9%|
|Number of deaths from intersection crashes||301||269||-10.6%|
|Number of deaths from crashes on metropolitan roads4||515||432||-16.1%|
|Number of deaths from crashes on regional roads||766||705||-7.9%|
|Number of deaths from crashes on remote roads5||136||82||-39.6%|
|Number of deaths from crashes where speed was a contributory factor||N/A||N/A||N/A|
Safe people—responsible road use
|Number of young driver and motorcycle rider deaths (aged 17-25 yrs)||223||162||-27.4%|
|Number of deaths from crashes involving a young driver or motorcycle rider (aged 17-25 yrs)||470||340||-27.7%|
|Number of older driver and motorcycle rider deaths (aged 65+ yrs)||114||162||42.1%|
|Number of deaths from crashes involving an older driver or motorcycle rider (aged 65+ yrs)||208||284||36.5%|
|Number of motorcyclist deaths||232||212||-8.6%|
|Number of cyclist deaths||32||39||21.9%|
|Number of pedestrian deaths||186||167||-10.2%|
|Number of deaths from crashes involving a heavy vehicle||254||214||-15.7%|
Safe people—irresponsible road use6
|Number of drivers and motorcycle riders killed with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) above the legal limit7||149||110||-26.2%|
|Number of deaths from crashes involving a driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) above the legal limit7||214||150||-29.9%|
|Number of deaths from crashes involving an unlicensed driver or motorcycle rider8||143||99||-30.8%|
|Number of vehicle occupants killed who were not wearing a restraint||215||128||-40.5%|
|Number of drivers and motorcycle riders killed who had an illegal drug in their system10||53||73||N/A|
|Number of deaths from crashes involving a driver or motorcycle rider who had an illegal drug in their system||83||105||N/A|
Safety Performance Indicators—Australia
|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|
|Average age of the Australian vehicle fleet (years)11||10.0||10.1||1.0%|
|Average age of passenger vehicles||9.7||9.8||1.0%|
|Percentage of new light vehicles sold with a 5-star ANCAP rating12||56% (2010)||91%||62.5%|
|Percentage of new vehicles sold with key safety features||N/A||N/A||N/A|
4 This count excludes Hobart and Darwin. Uses Australian Statistical Geography Standard Remoteness Structure from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. These counts have been updated this year with the 2016 Census and will vary from previous reports.
5 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.
6 Fatality counts for each of the following indicators are lower-bound estimates—due to a substantial number of cases with unknown values.
7 Data excludes Victoria as BAC data were unavailable, and excludes Western Australia as licensing data (needed to determine legal BAC limit) was unavailable.
8 Excludes data from Western Australia as licensing data was unavailable.
9 Excludes data from ACT.
10 Excludes data from Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia.
11 Based on estimates from the annual Motor Vehicle Census, Australian Bureau of Statistics.
12 This data sourced from ANCAP.