Road Deaths in Australia Down 25 Per Cent

Media Release

JB048/2014

06 June 2014

Road fatalities in Australia have decreased by almost a quarter in the past decade to 2013.

The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics has today released the Road Deaths Australia 2013 Statistical Summary which shows fatal crashes decreased by 23.4 per cent and the number of people killed in these crashes decreased by 24.6 per cent.

The biggest reductions were in New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory.

When population increase is taken into account (annual deaths per 100,000 population), the reductions over the decade are an even greater at 35 per cent. All state and territories achieved reductions on this measure.

Young road users achieved some of the strongest reductions in deaths over the decade. Numbers of deaths of people aged 17 to 25 years are now approximately half of what they were in 2004.

In contrast, deaths of older road users (aged 65 years and over) have increased over the decade. Most of this increase can be accounted for by increased population in this age group and increased road use exposure.

Although these statistics are 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 in the recent Budget to build the infrastructure of 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.

The Australian Government’s record infrastructure investments will support more than $125 billion of construction activity across the country, ensuring we boost economic growth, slash travel times in our major cities and create thousands of jobs for a more productive future.

The Road Deaths Australia 2013 Statistical Summary is available at www.bitre.gov.au