Australian Bureau of Statistics
9309.0 - Motor Vehicle Census, Australia, 31 Mar 2009 Quality Declaration
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 17/11/2009
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For vehicles manufactured in previous years:
The average age is then calculated as the sum of all vehicle ages divided by the total number of vehicles. Vehicles that have a year of manufacture unknown are excluded from calculations of average age.
Average annual growth rate
The average annual growth rate is calculated as a percentage using the following formula:
where P0 is the population at the start of the period, Pn is the population at the end of the period and n is the length of the period between Pn and P0 in years.
Motor vehicles constructed for the carriage of passengers. Included are all motor vehicles with 10 or more seats, including the driver's seat.
Self-propelled motor vehicles containing an area primarily used for accommodation. Included are motor homes and powered caravans.
Estimated Resident Population (ERP)
The official ABS estimate of the Australian population. Based on results from the Census of Population and Housing, it is updated annually between censuses using demographic statistics. To obtain ERP figures, the census count is adjusted for under enumeration and for Australian residents temporarily overseas on census night.
Gross Combination Mass (GCM)
Tare weight (i.e. unladen weight) of the motor vehicle and attached trailers, plus its maximum carrying and towing capacity. GCM is the weight measurement used for trailer towing vehicles such as articulated trucks.
Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM)
Tare weight (i.e. unladen weight) of the motor vehicle, plus its maximum carrying capacity excluding trailers.
Heavy rigid trucks
Rigid trucks of GVM greater than 4.5 tonnes.
Light commercial vehicles
Vehicles primarily constructed for the carriage of goods, and which are less than or equal to 3.5 tonnes GVM. Included are utilities, panel vans, cab-chassis and forward-control load carrying vehicles (whether four-wheel drive or not).
Light rigid trucks
Rigid trucks of GVM greater than 3.5 tonnes and less than or equal to 4.5 tonnes.
The manufacturer of the motor vehicle (e.g. Ford, Holden, Mitsubishi, Toyota).
Two and three wheeled motor vehicles constructed primarily for the carriage of one or two persons. Included are two and three wheeled mopeds, scooters, motor tricycles and motorcycles with sidecars.
Non-freight carrying trucks
Specialist motor vehicles or motor vehicles fitted with special purpose equipment, and having little or no goods carrying capacity (e.g. ambulances, cherry pickers, fire trucks and tow trucks).
Motor vehicles constructed primarily for the carriage of persons and containing up to nine seats (including the driver's seat). Included are cars, station wagons, four-wheel drive passenger vehicles and forward-control passenger vehicles. Excluded are campervans.
Motor vehicles of GVM greater than 3.5 tonnes, constructed with a load carrying area. Included are normal rigid trucks with a tow bar, draw bar or other non-articulated coupling on the rear of the vehicle.
Rigid trucks are divided into two categories:
The state or territory of the motor registry at which a vehicle is registered.
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This page last updated 31 January 2011