This information sheet provides an overview of the current status of motorcycling safety in Australia. In 2016 motorcyclist deaths increased by 22 per cent, to 248 deaths (almost 1 in five road deaths). This represents an increase of 7.4 per cent on the National Road Safety Strategy base years (2008-2010).
While the national trend in motorcyclist fatality rates over the last decade has improved by 40 per cent, increased exposure means that the number of motorcyclist deaths in Australia is now similar to 10 years ago. This underpins the need to identify further areas for improvement and focus efforts on reducing motorcyclist fatalities and hospitalised injuries.