Road Trauma Australia—Annual Summaries

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This report is the latest in the BITRE series of annual road crash statistical reports. It presents annual counts of road deaths, injuries and standardised rates.

Latest Year: 2021

2021: At a glance

  • In 2021, there were 1,123 road crash deaths. This is an increase of 2.6 per cent from 2020. Over the decade, fatalities decreased from approximately 1,300 per year to 1,100 per year. The trend was not consistent but the total reduction amounted to 13.6 per cent.
  • The reduction in fatality rates per population were greater than in annual counts of deaths. The rate of annual fatalities per 100,000 population declined by a total of 23.7 per cent over the decade.
  • In contrast to the decline in road deaths, hospitalised injuries (HI) have increased. Between 2012 and 2018 (the latest available) the total increase amounted to 16.2 per cent. A quarter of people who were hospitalised had High Threat To Life (HTTL) injuries.


Deaths by jurisdiction, with trends

Due to normal ongoing revisions in road deaths data, comparisons between this publication and later reports will result in minor discrepancies.