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CENSUS OF MOTOR VEHICLES, 31st DECEMBER, 1962


1. GENERAL

A census of motor vehicles on the register in each State and Territory at 31st December, 1962, was conducted by the Commonwealth Statistician in co-operation with the Deputy Commonwealth Statisticians and the motor vehicle registration authorities. The census covered items shown on the motor vehicle registration certificate such as make of vehicle, year of model, type or vehicle, horsepower, motive power, location (i.e. address on registration certificate), ownership (private, government, etc.), and for specific types of vehicles such items as unladen weight, carrying capacity, passenger capacity, and in some States gross vehicle weight.


The detailed results of the census are being published in mimeographed bulletins for each State and Territory and for Australia, and in issue No. 54, 1962-63 of the annual bulletin Transport and Communication. Previous enumerations of this nature were the census of motor vehicles, 31st December, 1955, and the survey of motor vehicles, 1947-48. The results were published in a series or bulletins and, in summarized term, in issues of the annual bulletin Transport and Communication No. 48, 1956-57 (1955 census) and No. 40, 1948-49 (1947-48 survey). Year Book No. 44, 1958 contains on page 415 a summary, for each State and Territory and for Australia, of the vehicles of each type recorded at the census of 31st December, 1955.

2. SUMMARY

(i) Types of Vehicles

(a) Number

A summary for each State and Territory of the number of motor vehicles of each type on the register at 31st December, 1962, is given in the following table. The total number of each type recorded for Australia at the previous motor vehicle census (31st December, 1955) is included for purposes of comparison.

CENSUS OF MOTOR VEHICLES, 31st DECEMBER, 1962: TYPES OF VEHICLE

Motor
cars
Station wagons
Utilities
Panel
vans
Trucks
Other truck-
type
Omni
buses
Motor cycles
Total
motor vehicles

State or Territory
New South Wales
742,947
85,746
137,138
49,479
84,670
2,822
5,004
20,398
1,128,204
Victoria
611,497
69,528
94,470
31,328
76,591
2,890
3,409
15,802
905,515
Queensland
258,942
31,253
92,128
13,359
40,502
450
1,836
14,680
453,150
South Australia
220,010
18,895
38,539
9,678
31,684
982
1,580
16,717
338,085
Western Australia
149,799
15,838
37,784
8,585
27,256
541
1,365
12,257
253,425
Tasmania
69,020
6,677
11,183
6,364
8,487
301
940
2,101
105,073
Northern Terr.
4,321
1,258
2,806
471
1,326
73
91
325
10,671
Aust. Cap. Terr.
15,591
2,408
1,802
808
935
34
115
296
21,989

Australia, 31st
Dec., 1962 No.
2,072,127
231,603
415,850
120,072
271,451
8,093
14,340
14,340
3,216,112
Per cent.
64.4
7.2
12.9
3.7
8.4
0.3
0.5
2.6
100.0
Australia, 31st
Dec., 1955 No
1,356,682
15,948
(a) 361,970
(b) 53,808
250,630
5,884
10,142
127,129
2,182,193
Per cent.
62.2
0.7
16.6
2.5
11.5
0.3
0.4
5.8
100.0

(a) Includes panel vans, Queensland.
(b) Excludes panel vans, Queensland, which are included with utilities.



(b) Relation to Population

The table below shows the number of motor vehicles (cars, station wagons, motor cycles, other motor vehicles, and total vehicles) registered per 1,000 of population in each State and Territory and Australia at 31st December, 1962, and in Australia at 31st December, 1955.


CENSUS OF MOTOR VEHICLES, 31st DECEMBER, 1962: TYPES OF VEHICLE PER 1,000 OF POPULATION

Motor cars
Station wagons
Other motor vehicles
Total motor vehicles (excl. motor cycles)
Motor cycles
Total motor
vehicles

State or Territory
New South Wales
185
21
70
276
5
281
Victoria
203
23
70
296
5
301
Queensland
167
20
96
283
9
292
South Australia
220
19
82
321
17
338
Western Australia
195
21
99
315
16
331
Tasmania
186
18
74
278
6
284
Northern Territory
164
48
182
394
12
406
Aust. Cap. Terr.
227
35
54
316
4
320

Australia, 31st December 1962
192
21
77
290
8
298
Australia, 31st December 1955
146
2
73
221
13
234

(ii) Year of Model

(a) Motor Cars

In the following table, motor cars on the register in each State and Territory are shown classified by year of model.



CENSUS OF MOTOR VEHICLES, 31st DECEMBER, 1962: MOTOR CARS BY YEAR OF MODEL

Year of model
State or Territory
Before
1951
1951 to
1955
1956
1957
1958
1959
1960
1961
1962
Total

N.S.W.
113,462
198,297
49,025
51,496
58,676
60,405
73,329
58,519
79,738
742,947
Victoria
101,085
174,785
43,189
42,488
44,708
49,597
59,330
40,864
55,451
611,497
Queensland
42,434
78,691
18,175
19,158
19,265
18,873
22,632
15,025
24,689
258,942
S. Australia
39,021
70,498
15,510
15,659
15,202
14,488
18,377
12,298
18,957
220,010
W. Australia
23,615
45,707
8,912
9,866
10,121
10,247
13,471
11,199
16,661
149,799
Tasmania
10,446
21,331
5,266
4,951
4,955
4,855
6,008
4,549
6,659
69,020
Northern Terr.
340
1,087
359
362
369
413
572
393
426
4,321
Aust. Cap. Terr.
865
3,558
1,179
1,137
1,513
1,577
1,837
1,763
2,162
15,591

Australia No.
331,268
593,954
141,615
145,117
145,117
160,455
195,556
144,610
204,743
2,072,127
Per cent.
16.0
28.7
6.8
7.0
7.5
7.7
9.4
7.0
9.9
100.0



(b) Station Wagons

Station wagons on the register in each State and Territory at 31st December, 1962, are shown in the following table in the same groups as those used for motor cars in the previous table.


CENSUS OF MOTOR VEHICLES, 31st DECEMBER, 1962: STATION WAGONS BY YEAR OF MODEL

Year of model
State or Territory
Before
1951
1951 to
1955
1956
1957
1958
1959
1960
1961
1962
Total

N.S.W.
838
3,832
1,224
2,486
8,040
12,966
18,108
16,413
21,839
85,746
Victoria
965
3,284
1,059
2,105
6,422
10,410
14,770
12,932
17,581
69,528
Queensland
307
1,403
342
809
2,915
4,480
6,239
5,353
9,405
31,253
S. Australia
292
860
216
533
1,687
3,126
4,060
3,194
4,927
18,895
W. Australia
286
944
201
439
1,172
2,186
2,753
3,039
4,818
15,838
Tasmania
56
341
99
177
628
956
1,330
1,208
1,882
6,677
Northern Terr.
6
40
17
49
148
221
267
252
258
1,258
Aust. Cap. Terr.
12
70
48
55
244
404
461
544
570
2,408

Australia No.
2,762
10,774
3,206
6,653
21,256
34,749
47,988
42,935
61,280
231,603
Per cent.
1.1
4.7
1.4
2.9
9.2
15.0
20.7
18.5
26.5
100.0



(c) Utilities

Utilities on the register in each State and Territory at 31st December, 1962, are shown below in the same groups as for previous tables.



CENSUS OF MOTOR VEHICLES, 31st DECEMBER, 1962: UTILITIES, BY YEAR OF MODEL

Year of model
State or Territory
Before
1951
1951 to
1955
1956
1957
1958
1959
1960
1961
1962
Total

N.S.W.
18,200
48,061
10,228
10,796
10,953
11,318
9.957
8,446
9,179
137,138
Victoria
14,428
33,284
7,509
7,457
7,364
7,225
6,623
5,130
5,450
94,470
Queensland
16,842
32,827
6,659
6,439
7,149
6,947
6,180
3,985
5,100
92,128
S. Australia
5,973
14,601
2,938
2,813
2,781
2,738
2,324
2,032
2,339
38,539
W. Australia
5,030
12,478
2,525
2,423
2,888
3,138
3,211
2,907
3,184
37,784
Tasmania
1,719
3,930
791
811
816
849
779
662
826
11,183
Northern Terr.
278
645
236
217
269
248
345
281
287
2,806
Aust. Cap. Terr.
92
480
136
133
192
218
193
172
186
1,802

Australia No.
62,562
146,306
31,022
31,089
32,412
32,681
29,612
23,615
23,615
415,850
Per cent.
15.0
35.1
7.5
7.5
7.8
7.9
7.1
5.7
6.4
100.0



(d) Panel Vans

The following table shows the number of panel vans on the register in the various States and Territories at 31st December, 1962, grouped as for previous tables.



CENSUS OF MOTOR VEHICLES, 31st DECEMBER, 1962: PANEL VANS BY YEAR OF MODEL

Year of model
State or Territory
Before
1951
1951 to
1955
1956
1957
1958
1959
1960
1961
1962
Total

N.S.W.
3,583
9.085
3,908
3,998
5,747
8,023
6,176
4,439
4,520
49,479
Victoria
2,992
7,601
2,946
2,402
3,380
4.650
2,900
2,098
2,359
31,328
Queensland
618
2,117
1,190
1,179
1,571
2,633
1,655
1,069
1,327
13,359
S. Australia
911
2,460
952
907
1,018
965
900
749
816
9,678
W. Australia
771
1,993
619
691
786
995
1,007
823
900
8,585
Tasmania
534
1,766
544
542
618
663
722
491
484
6,364
Northern Terr.
15
56
51
54
63
49
76
63
44
471
Aust. Cap. Terr.
10
90
52
62
88
108
148
111
139
808

Australia No.
9,434
25,168
10,262
9,835
13,271
18,086
13,584
9.,843
10,589
120,072
Percent
7.8
21.0
8.5
8.2
11.1
15.1
11.3
8.2
8.8
100.0



(e) Trucks

The number of trucks on the register in each State and Territory at 31st December 1962, is shown below, grouped as for previous tables.



CENSUS OF MOTOR VEHICLES, 31st DECEMBER, 1962: TRUCKS BY YEAR OF MODEL

Year of model
State or Territory
Before
1951
1951 to
1955
1956
1957
1958
1959
1960
1961
1962
Total

N.S.W.
25,679
23,727
4,964
4,447
4,461
5,122
6,910
4,509
4,851
84,670
Victoria
22,838
19,772
4,362
4,050
4,817
5,071
6,279
4,580
4,822
76,591
Queensland
14,464
10,310
2,367
2,002
2,253
2,257
2,627
1,740
2,482
40,502
S. Australia
10,717
9,839
1,746
1,563
1,445
1,607
1,773
1,514
1,480
31,684
W. Australia
8,152
9.016
1,375
1,031
1,305
1,369
1,788
1,545
1,675
27,256
Tasmania
2,320
2,493
549
498
514
540
600
440
533
8,487
Northern Terr.
254
240
132
110
96
97
115
170
112
1,326
Aust. Cap. Terr.
117
197
43
63
75
93
128
105
114
935

Australia No.
84,541
75,594
15,538
13,764
14,966
16,156
20,220
14,603
16,069
271,451
Percent
31.2
27.9
5.7
5.1
5.5
5.9
7.4
5.4
5.9
100.0



(f) Other Truck-type Vehicles

The following table shows the number of other truck-type vehicles on the register in each State and Territory at 31st December, 1962, grouped as for previous tables.



CENSUS OF MOTOR VEHICLES, 31st DECEMBER, 1962: OTHER TRUCK-TYPE (a) BY YEAR OF MODEL

Year of model
State or Territory
Before
1951
1951 to
1955
1956
1957
1958
1959
1960
1961
1962
Total

N.S.W.
1,224
497
140
97
138
132
260
187
147
2,822
Victoria
1,442
510
131
69
123
137
185
159
134
2,890
Queensland
216
73
19
15
22
16
35
28
26
450
S. Australia
267
193
69
50
93
98
49
85
78
982
W. Australia
283
87
23
14
23
29
34
22
26
541
Tasmania
127
73
14
11
22
13
17
15
9
301
Northern Terr.
25
17
5
4
1
5
6
10
..
73
Aust. Cap. Terr.
9
11
1
2
2
3
2
1
3
34

Australia No.
3,593
1,461
402
262
424
433
588
507
423
8,093
Percent
44.4
18.1
5.0
3.2
5.2
5.3
7.3
6.3
5.2
100.0

(a) Includes vehicles such as tankers, concrete agitators, two trucks, mobile winches or cranes, fire engines.



(g) Omnibus

The number of omnibuses on the register in each State and Territory at 31st December, 1962, is shown in the following table, grouped as for previous tables.




CENSUS OF MOTOR VEHICLES, 31st DECEMBER, 1962: OMNIBUSES, BY YEAR OF MODEL

Year of model
State or Territory
Before
1951
1951 to
1955
1956
1957
1958
1959
1960
1961
1962
Total

N.S.W.
1,741
755
161
243
356
467
587
376
318
5,004
Victoria
1,124
748
224
176
222
177
264
196
278
3,409
Queensland
653
264
96
126
132
134
138
132
161
1,836
S. Australia
345
330
126
188
150
119
107
105
110
1,580
W. Australia
480
404
59
54
82
61
72
66
87
1,365
Tasmania
294
235
39
67
55
40
119
50
41
940
Northern Terr.
11
14
5
4
5
12
12
14
14
91
Aust. Cap. Terr.
14
6
9
10
5
12
21
22
16
115

Australia No.
4,662
2,756
719
868
1,007
1,022
1,320
961
1,025
14,340
Percent
32.5
19.2
5.0
6.1
7.0
7.1
9.2
6.7
7.2
100.0



(h) Motor Cycles

The following table shows the number of motor cycles on the register at 31st December, 1962, in each State and Territory for which the data were recorded, grouped as for previous tables.




CENSUS OF MOTOR VEHICLES, 31st DECEMBER, 1962: MOTOR CYCLES BY YEAR OF MODEL

Year of model
State or Territory
Before
1951
1951 to
1955
1956
1957
1958
1959
1960
1961
1962
Total

N.S.W.
2,314
5,484
1,629
1,918
1,995
2,280
1,933
1,528
1,317
20,398
Victoria (a)
..
..
..
..
..
..
..
..
..
15,802
Queensland
1,906
3,840
1,127
1,335
1,697
1,333
1,325
1,065
1,052
14,680
S. Australia (a)
..
..
..
..
..
..
..
..
..
16,717
W. Australia
1,163
2,836
659
977
1,615
1,851
1,454
862
840
12,257
Tasmania
349
724
243
138
310
184
59
65
29
2,101
Northern Terr.
24
65
26
19
42
36
39
19
55
325
Aust. Cap. Terr.
6
59
21
24
31
48
48
35
24
296

(a) Year of model not recorded.



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