Safety performance indicators

High level outcome measures

MeasureBaseline
(2008–2010)1
2017% Change
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 -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

MeasureBaseline2
(2008–2010)
20173% Change
New South Wales  411 389 -5.30%
Victoria 294 259 -11.80%
Queensland 303 247 -18.40%
South Australia 112 100 -10.70%
Western Australia 196 161 -17.90%
Tasmania 44 34 -22.70%
Northern Territory 52 31 -40.40%
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.

Outcome Measures—Australia

Safe roads

MeasureBaseline
(2008-2010)
2017% Change
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%

Safe people—responsible road use

MeasureBaseline
(2008-2010)
2017% Change
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

MeasureBaseline
(2008-2010)
2017% Change
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%
 201092017% Change
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

Safe speeds

MeasureBaseline
(2008-2010)
2017% Change
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

MeasureBaseline
(2008-2010)
2017% Change
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.