This annual bulletin contains calendar year (2011) counts of fatal road crashes and road crash deaths. It also includes rates of deaths per population, per registered vehicle and per vehicle-kilometre-travelled. Data are sourced from the road traffic or police authorities in each jurisdiction, the Australian Bureau of Statistics and BITRE.
This report presents annual counts and rates for fatal road crashes and fatalities. The focus is on the last ten years of data including calendar year 2011.
Over the last decade, national annual fatalities decreased by 25 per cent, fatalities per population decreased by 35 per cent, and counts of fatal crashes decreased by 24 per cent. The decline was weaker during the middle of the decade but has accelerated significantly over the last four years.
The 17–25 age group has the largest rate of fatalities per population. It accounts for 13 per cent of the population but 22 per cent of deaths. Over the decade however, the rate for this group has declined faster than the total.
Across jurisdictions the rate of deaths per population are varied, with the three largest jurisdictions achieving some of the lowest rates. The trends are not linear, and, as with deaths, all jurisdictions (apart from South Australia) have seen rates fall significantly over the last three years .All types of fatal crash are decreasing. Single vehicle crashes (no pedestrian involved) currently account for 44 per cent of the total. Ten years ago the proportion was the same.