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9309.0 - Motor Vehicle Census, Australia, 31 Jan 2015 Quality Declaration 
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This document was added 08/04/2015.



NOTES

The Motor Vehicle Census 9309.0.55.003 microdata will be available through TableBuilder in mid August 2015.


ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION

This publication presents statistics relating to vehicles which were registered at 31 January 2015 with a motor vehicle registration authority. Motor vehicle registration statistics reflect the information as recorded in registration documents.

Statistics are provided on vehicle types comprising passenger vehicles, campervans, light commercial vehicles, trucks, buses and motor cycles. Vehicle characteristic information includes make of vehicle, year of manufacture, type of fuel that the vehicle was registered as using, and Gross Vehicle Mass or Gross Combination Mass for trucks. The size of the motor vehicle fleet is also compared with the estimated resident population.


INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.


SUMMARY COMMENTARY


TOTAL NUMBER OF VEHICLES ON REGISTER

At the time of the 2015 Motor Vehicle Census (MVC), there were 18.0 million motor vehicles, including Motor cycles, registered in Australia. This is 2.1% higher than the number of vehicles registered as at 2014 and an increase of 12.1% since 2010. The average annual growth rate over the five years to 2015 was 2.4%.

TYPE OF VEHICLE(a), Census years 2010, 2014 and 2015

2010
2014
2015
Change 10/15
Change 14/15
Average annual growth 10/15(b)
no.
no.
no.
%
%
%

Passenger vehicles
12 269 305
13 297 260
13 549 449
10.4
1.9
2.1
Campervans
48 504
55 757
58 288
20.2
4.5
3.9
Light commercial vehicles
2 460 568
2 824 052
2 907 006
18.1
2.9
3.5
Light rigid trucks
115 845
135 658
140 625
21.4
3.7
4.1
Heavy rigid trucks
315 433
329 464
331 699
5.2
0.7
1.0
Articulated trucks
82 436
93 853
94 975
15.2
1.2
3.0
Non-freight carrying vehicles
22 533
23 144
23 361
3.7
0.9
0.7
Buses
86 367
94 131
95 149
10.2
1.1
2.0
Motor cycles
660 107
780 174
807 215
22.3
3.5
4.3
Total motor vehicles
16 061 098
17 633 493
18 007 767
12.1
2.1
2.4

(a) Refer to Glossary for definition of vehicle types.
(b) Refer to Glossary for definition of Average annual growth.


Motor cycles, Light rigid trucks and Campervans were the vehicle types experiencing the largest growth rate over the five years between 2010 and 2015 with increases of 22.3%, 21.4% and 20.2% respectively.

TYPE OF VEHICLE, Percentage change - Between census years 2010 and 2015
Graph: TYPE OF VEHICLE, Percentage change—Between census years 2010 and 2015



CHARACTERISTICS OF THE FLEET

Across Australia, Passenger vehicles accounted for 75.2% of all vehicles registered for the 2015 MVC. All states and territories have experienced a decrease in the proportion of Passenger vehicles in their fleet over the 5 year period 2010 to 2015. The decrease in the proportion of Passenger vehicles has been offset by increases in the proportion of Light commercial vehicles and Motor cycles in most jurisdictions.

Light commercial vehicles accounted for 16.1% of all vehicles registered in Australia for the 2015 MVC.

In the 2015 MVC, Motor cycles made up 4.5% of all vehicles registered in Australia, up from 4.1% in 2010.

Rigid trucks accounted for 2.6% of the total number of vehicles registered in 2015. Light rigid trucks have increased by 21.4% since 2010, while Heavy rigid trucks have increased by 5.2% over the same period.


STATES AND TERRITORIES

The distribution of the vehicle fleet across the states/territories reflects the population distribution. New South Wales had the largest share of the Australian fleet in the 2015 MVC with 5.2 million vehicles or 29.1% of all registered vehicles. Victoria had the second largest share with nearly 4.6 million vehicles (25.4%) followed by Queensland with 3.8 million vehicles (20.9%). The Northern Territory had the smallest share with 0.2 million registered vehicles (0.9%).

STATE/TERRITORY OF REGISTRATION, Census years 2010, 2014 and 2015

2010
2014
2015
Change 10/15
Change 14/15
Average annual growth 10/15(a)
no.
no.
no.
%
%
%

New South Wales
4 681 471
5 102 352
5 247 199
12.1
2.8
2.4
Victoria
4 112 908
4 483 098
4 567 314
11.0
1.9
2.2
Queensland
3 358 221
3 705 400
3 771 321
12.3
1.8
2.4
South Australia
1 239 672
1 326 232
1 347 514
8.7
1.6
1.7
Western Australia
1 870 068
2 142 307
2 185 409
16.9
2.0
3.3
Tasmania
410 210
442 575
450 403
9.8
1.8
2.0
Northern Territory
134 700
152 177
155 035
15.1
1.9
3.0
Australian Capital Territory
253 848
279 352
283 572
11.7
1.5
2.3
Australia
16 061 098
17 633 493
18 007 767
12.1
2.1
2.4

(a) Refer to Glossary for definition of Average annual growth.


In the five year period 2010 to 2015, Western Australia recorded the largest growth (16.9%) followed by the Northern Territory (15.1%). Queensland followed with a growth of 12.3%

Over the same five year period, South Australia had the smallest growth in fleet size (8.7%).

MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATIONS, Percentage change - Census years 2010 and 2015
Graph: MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATIONS, Percentage change—Census years 2010 and 2015


Of all states and territories, Western Australia recorded the largest increase (14.4%) in the number of Passenger vehicles in their fleet between 2010 and 2015, followed by the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory both with an increase of 11.1%. Over the same period, South Australia recorded the lowest increase (7.4%).

PASSENGER VEHICLE REGISTRATIONS, Percentage change - Census years 2010 and 2015
Graph: PASSENGER VEHICLE REGISTRATIONS, Percentage change—Census years 2010 and 2015


Over the five year period 2010 to 2015, Western Australia and Tasmania recorded the largest percentage increase in Motor cycle registrations (35.4% and 30.2% respectively).

MOTOR CYCLE REGISTRATIONS, State/territory of registration - Census years 2010 and 2015
Graph: MOTOR CYCLE REGISTRATIONS, State/territory of registration—Census years 2010 and 2015


Since 2010, the Northern Territory had the largest percentage growth in Light commercial vehicles (24.7%), followed by Western Australia (21.9%) and the Australian Capital Territory (20.6%). Tasmania had the smallest growth (14.3%).


VEHICLES AND RESIDENT POPULATION

In Australia there were 764 motor vehicles per 1,000 Estimated Resident Population in the 2015 MVC. This compares with 731 vehicles per 1,000 population in 2010, an increase of 33 vehicles per 1,000 population over this time.

Tasmania had the highest number of vehicles per 1,000 population of all states and territories in 2015 with 875, followed by Western Australia with 844 per 1,000 population.

For the 2015 MVC, the Northern Territory had the lowest number of vehicles per 1,000 population of all states and territories with 629.

MOTOR VEHICLES REGISTERED PER 1,000 POPULATION(a) (b), State/territory of registration
Graph: MOTOR VEHICLES REGISTERED PER 1,000 POPULATION(a) (b), State/territory of registration



AVERAGE AGE OF REGISTERED VEHICLES

In 2015, the average age of all vehicles registered in Australia was 10.1 years. Over the five year period from 2010, Campervans were the only vehicle category to record a decrease in average age (0.4 years). Over the same period, Motor cycles, Articulated trucks and Non-freight carrying vehicles increased in average age by 1.0 years, 0.6 years and 0.6 years respectively.

AVERAGE VEHICLE AGE(a) OF REGISTERED VEHICLES, Census years(b)
Graph: AVERAGE VEHICLE AGE(a) OF REGISTERED VEHICLES, Census years(b)



TYPE OF FUEL

Australia wide there were 14.0 million petrol powered vehicles registered in 2015 accounting for 77.7% of the total vehicle fleet.

In comparison there were 3.6 million diesel powered vehicles accounting for 19.7% of the fleet.

Over the five year period from 2010, the number of Passenger vehicles and Light Commercial vehicles registered with diesel fuel increased by 96.4% and 62.9% respectively.

MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATIONS, Type of fuel(a)
Graph: MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATIONS, Type of fuel(a)



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