Road fatalities hit record low

Media Release

JB084/2014

18 August 2014

For the first time, the Australian road fatality rate has fallen below 5.0 deaths per 100,000 people.

New statistics from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) confirm the record low in Australia road deaths and show that in the last 12 months there has been a nine per cent reduction in road deaths.

The update also found that all jurisdictions have seen a reduction in deaths over the last five years—ranging from 13 per cent in Victoria to 38 per cent in the ACT—and deaths of young adults (17–25) have fallen in that time by nearly half (48 per cent).

Despite these significant decreases, sadly 1,157 lives were lost on our roads over the past year to July, and deaths of older people (65 years and over) have increased by 13 per cent. Further, while overall deaths have decreased, pedal cycle deaths have increased over the past two years.

Every death on our roads is a terrible tragedy—not only for families and friends who are directly affected, but for local communities and the broader Australian economy.

Although the downward trend of these statistics is encouraging, the Australian Government is committed to doing more to ensure our transport networks are safer and more productive across urban and regional Australia.

That is why we have committed a record $50 billion to build the infrastructure for the 21st century for a stronger and more prosperous Australia.

This includes a record $500 million investment in the national Black Spot Programme and a further $2.1 billion towards Roads to Recovery over the next five years to deliver vital funding to every council across Australia to fix local roads.

Through our record investments we can continue to reduce road fatalities to ensure this historic downward continues in the years ahead.

The latest Australian road death statistics are available at www.bitre.gov.au.