International Road Safety Comparisons—Annual

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This report presents road deaths and road death rates for Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) nations and Australian states and territories.  The rates allow for a comparison of Australia’s road safety performance with that of other OECD nations by accounting for the differing levels of population, motorisation and distances travelled. The latest available international data is for 2022.

Fatalities per 100,000 population is the measure specified in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (Indicator 3.61) to monitor road crash trauma.

Latest year: 2022

At a glance

  • In terms of the fatality rate per 100,000 population in 2022: Australia’s rate of 4.54 was ranked 18th out of the 31 nations. The nations with the 3 lowest rates were Norway (2.14), Sweden (2.17) and Iceland (2.39).
    Between 2013 and 2022 Australia’s fatality rate declined by 11.4 per cent. Over the same period, the OECD median rate declined by 20.8 per cent.
  • In terms of the fatality rate per 10,000 registered vehicles in 2022: Australia’s rate of 0.57 was ranked 13th out of the 24 nations with available data. The nations with the 3 lowest rates were Iceland (0.25), Norway (0.27), and Sweden (0.35). Between 2013 and 2022 Australia’s fatality rate declined by 17.2 per cent. Over the same period, the OECD median rate declined by 25.6 per cent.
  • In terms of the fatality rate per 100 million vehicle kilometres travelled (VKT) in 2022: Australia’s rate of 0.49 was ranked 6th out of 11 nations with available data. The nations with the 3 lowest rates were, Norway (0.26), Sweden (0.28) and Finland (0.40).  Between 2013 and 2022 Australia’s fatality rate declined by 0.6 per cent. Over the same period, the OECD median rate declined by 8.1 per cent.

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