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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2008  
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TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT

Registered motor vehicles

There were 14.4 mill. motor vehicles (excluding tractors, plant and equipment, caravans and trailers) registered in Australia at 31 March 2006 (table 24.24). Almost eight out of every ten vehicles are passenger vehicles. New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland are the states with the largest number of vehicles with 30%, 26% and 20% of the total vehicle fleet respectively.

24.24 REGISTERED MOTOR VEHICLES - 31 March 2006

Trucks
Passenger vehicles(a)
Light commercial vehicles
Rigid
Articulated
Non-freight carrying
Buses
Motor cycles
Total(b)
’000
’000
’000
’000
’000
’000
’000
’000

New South Wales
3 404
588
114
16
3
21
122
4 269
Victoria
3 007
483
92
22
6
17
114
3 741
Queensland
2 147
520
84
16
4
17
111
2 898
South Australia
919
146
27
6
2
4
34
1 138
Western Australia
1 212
254
50
9
4
11
60
1 601
Tasmania
275
75
10
1
1
2
10
375
Northern Territory
73
29
4
1
-
3
4
114
Australian Capital Territory
192
20
2
-
-
1
8
224
Australia
11 230
2 114
384
72
20
75
463
14 359

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
(a) Includes campervans.
(b) Excludes tractors, plant and equipment, caravans and trailers.
Source: Motor Vehicle Census, Australia (9309.0).


The average age of the Australian motor vehicle fleet at 31 March 2006 was 10 years (table 24.25). Tasmania recorded the highest average age (12 years) while New South Wales and the Northern Territory recorded the lowest average age (9 years). Of the different vehicle types, campervans had the oldest average age (19 years), while motorcycles recorded the lowest (9 years).

24.25 ESTIMATED AVERAGE AGE OF THE VEHICLE FLEET(a) - 31 March 2006

State/territory of registration
Type of vehicle
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
Aust.

Passenger vehicles
9.0
10.1
9.6
11.0
10.2
11.5
8.8
9.5
9.8
Campervans
17.1
19.4
16.1
21.1
21.6
20.4
19.1
19.7
18.9
Light commercial vehicles
10.0
11.5
10.4
11.6
11.4
12.8
9.5
9.8
10.8
Light rigid trucks
10.7
11.7
10.6
11.8
12.3
15.2
9.4
11.0
11.2
Heavy rigid trucks
14.0
17.4
14.6
17.5
18.1
17.1
13.4
11.3
15.9
Articulated trucks
10.3
11.5
10.8
11.2
12.7
10.1
13.3
7.9
11.2
Non-freight carrying trucks
13.4
15.4
11.2
14.8
16.6
16.2
13.9
13.3
14.4
Buses
11.1
11.0
10.6
12.0
10.8
15.1
8.8
10.7
11.0
Motor cycles
8.8
9.5
9.1
(b)8.8
11.1
10.7
8.0
9.0
9.4
Total
9.3
10.5
9.8
11.2
10.7
12.0
9.1
9.5
10.1

(a) Excludes plant and equipment, caravans and trailers.
(b) Year of manufacture is not well reported for South Australian motor cycles.
Source: Motor Vehicle Census (9309.0).


The number of motor vehicles registered in 2006 represents 699 registrations per 1,000 people. In 2006, the rate was highest for Western Australia - 784 registrations per 1,000 people (graph 24.26).

24.26 Motor vehicles on register(a)(b) - 31 March 2006
Graph: 24.26 Motor vehicles on register(a)(b)—31 March 2006


Shipping fleet

The Australian merchant trading fleet increased from 74 ships in 2003 to 82 ships in 2004 (table 24.27). Deadweight tonnes has fallen from 2.14 mill. tonnes in 2003 to 2.05 mill. tonnes in 2004, while gross tonnage remained at 1.6 mill. tonnes.

24.27 AUSTRALIAN TRADING FLEET - 30 June

2003
2004

Ships no.
74
82
Deadweight(a) '000 tonnes
2 136
2 053
Gross tonnage(b) '000 tonnes
1 628
1 644

(a) Weight that a vessel can carry, including cargo, bunkers, water and stores.
(b) Measure of the internal capacity of a ship (in tonnes) that is available within the hull and enclosed spaces for cargo, stores, passenger and crew.
Source: Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics.



Aircraft fleet

There were 12,473 aircraft in the Australian Civil Aircraft Register at 31 December 2006, including 9,772 aeroplanes and 1,322 helicopters (graph 24.28).

24.28 Registered aircraft(a) - 31 December 2006
Graph: 24.28 Registered aircraft(a)—31 December 2006


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