This report is the latest in a series of annual road crash statistical reports. It presents annual counts of deaths, fatal crashes, injuries and standardised rates. The focus is on the last ten years.
Data presented in this publication was correct as at May 2021. Due to normal ongoing revisions in road deaths data, comparisons between this publication and later reports will result in minor discrepancies.
2020 : At a glance
Over the decade to 2020, fatalities decreased from approximately 1,300 per year to 1,100 per year. The trend was not consistent but the total reduction amounted to 13.4 per cent. The years 2012 and 2016 were peaks, and 2014 and 2020 were lows.
The rate of annual fatalities per 100,000 population declined by a total of 24.7 per cent over the decade. All jurisdictions showed reductions in this rate.
Road crash injury data (latest is 2018) showed an increase of 11.3 per cent over the previous five years. The rate per 100,000 population for injuries is 35 times higher than that for deaths.
Major Cities account for 34 per cent of all road crash deaths, with Regional areas accounting for 55 per cent and Remote areas accounting for 10 per cent, (rounded). These proportions have not changed over the last ten years. On the basis of the rate per 100,000 population, Regional and Remote areas have rates of 5 times and 11 times higher respectively than the Major City rate.
Population increased by 15.0 per cent over the decade. The population of Major Cities (combined) increased faster than Regional areas (9 per cent) or Remote areas (-4 per cent).