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9309.0 - Motor Vehicle Census, Australia, 31 Jan 2014 Quality Declaration 
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The Motor Vehicle Census 9309.0.55.003 microdata will be available through TableBuilder on the 28 August 2014.

ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION

This publication presents statistics relating to vehicles which were registered at 31 January 2014 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 2014 Motor Vehcile Census (MVC), there were 17.6 million motor vehicles, including Motor cycles, registered in Australia. This is 2.6% higher than the number of registrations for 2013 and an increase of 12.5% since 2009. The average annual growth rate over the five years to 2014 was 2.5%.

TYPE OF VEHICLE(a), Census years 2009, 2013 and 2014

2009
2013
2014
Change 09/14
Change 13/14
Average annual growth 09/14(b)
no.
no.
no.
%
%
%

Passenger vehicles
12 023 098
13 000 021
13 297 260
10.6
2.3
2.1
Campervans
46 535
54 101
55 757
19.8
3.1
3.8
Light commercial vehicles
2 371 082
2 717 673
2 824 052
19.1
3.9
3.7
Light rigid trucks
110 763
131 147
135 658
22.5
3.4
4.3
Heavy rigid trucks
310 939
325 998
329 464
6.0
1.1
1.2
Articulated trucks
81 217
90 904
93 853
15.6
3.2
3.0
Non-freight carrying vehicles
22 299
22 986
23 144
3.8
0.7
0.8
Buses
84 413
93 034
94 131
11.5
1.2
2.3
Motor cycles
624 090
744 732
780 174
25.0
4.8
4.7
Total motor vehicles
15 674 436
17 180 596
17 633 493
12.5
2.6
2.5

(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 2009 and 2014 with increases of 25.0%, 22.5% and 19.8% respectively.

Type of vehicle (a), Percent change - Between census years 2009 and 2014
Graph: Type of vehicle (a), Percent change—Between census years 2009 and 2014



CHARACTERISTICS OF THE FLEET

Across Australia, Passenger vehicles accounted for 75.4% of all vehicles registered for the 2014 MVC. All states and territories have experienced a decrease in the proportion of Passenger vehicles in their fleet over the 5 year period 2009 to 2014. The decrease in the proportion of Passenger vehicles has been offset by increases in the proportion of Light commercial vehicles, Heavy rigid trucks, Buses and Motor cycles in each jurisdiction.

Light commercial vehicles accounted for 16.0% of all vehicles registered in Australia for the 2014 MVC.

In the 2014 MVC, Motor cycles made up 4.4% of all vehicles registered in Australia, up from 4.0% in 2009.

Rigid trucks accounted for 2.6% of the total number of vehicles registered in 2014 decreasing slightly from 2.7% in 2009. Registrations of Light rigid trucks have increased by 22.5% since 2009, while registrations of Heavy rigid trucks have increased by 6.0% over the same period.

For the 2014 MVC, Articulated trucks only accounted for 0.5% of the total number of registered vehicles in Australia.


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 2014 MVC with 5.1 million vehicles or 28.9% of all registered vehicles. Victoria had the second largest share with nearly 4.5 million vehicles (25.4%) followed by Queensland with 3.7 million vehicles (21.0%). The Northern Territory had the smallest share with 0.2 million registered vehicles (0.9%).

State of Registration, Census years 2009, 2013 and 2014

2009
2013
2014
Change 09/14
Change 13/14
Average annual growth 09/14(a)
no.
no.
no.
%
%
%

New South Wales
4 567 386
4 984 557
5 102 352
11.7
2.4
2.3
Victoria
4 010 276
4 383 634
4 483 098
11.8
2.3
2.3
Queensland
3 283 243
3 606 121
3 705 400
12.9
2.8
2.5
South Australia
1 208 926
1 298 404
1 326 232
9.7
2.1
1.9
Western Australia
1 828 346
2 048 388
2 142 307
17.2
4.6
3.3
Tasmania
400 516
436 999
442 575
10.5
1.3
2.1
Northern Territory
128 758
148 569
152 177
18.2
2.4
3.5
Australian Capital Territory
246 985
273 924
279 352
13.1
2.0
2.6
Australia
15 674 436
17 180 596
17 633 493
12.5
2.6
2.5

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


The Northern Territory recorded the largest growth (18.2%) in fleet size over the 5 year period 2009 to 2014 with an annual average increase of 3.5%. This was followed by Western Australia (17.2%) with an annual average increase of 3.3% and the Australian Capital Territory (13.1%) with an annual increase of 2.6%.

Over the same five year period, South Australia had the smallest growth in fleet size (9.7%), with an average annual increase of 1.9%.

Motor vehicle registrations, Percent change - Census years 2009 and 2014
Graph: Motor vehicle registrations, Percent change—Census years 2009 and 2014


Of all states and territories, Western Australia and the Northern Territory recorded the largest increases (14.4% each) in the proportion of Passenger vehicles in their fleets from 2009 to 2014. Over the same period, South Australia recorded the lowest increase (8%).

PASSENGER VEHICLE REGISTRATIONS, Percent change - Census years 2009 and 2014
Graph: PASSENGER VEHICLE REGISTRATIONS, Percent change—Census years 2009 and 2014


Over the five year period 2009 to 2014, Western Australia and Tasmania recorded the largest percentage increase in Motor cycle registrations (41.3% and 34.5% respectively).

MOTOR CYCLE REGISTRATIONS, State/territory of registration - Census years 2009 and 2014
Graph: MOTOR CYCLE REGISTRATIONS, State/territory of registration—Census years 2009 and 2014


Since 2009, the Northern Territory had the largest percentage growth in Light commercial vehicles (26.6%), followed by the Australian Capital Territory (24.4%) and Western Australia (22.2%). Tasmania had the smallest growth (15.8%).


VEHICLES AND RESIDENT POPULATION

In Australia there were 756 motor vehicles per 1,000 Estimated Resident Population in the 2014 MVC. This compares with 730 vehicles per 1,000 population in 2009, an increase of 26 vehicles per 1,000 population over this time.

Tasmania had the greatest number of vehicles per 1,000 population of all states and territories in 2014 with 861, followed by Western Australia with 840 per 1,000 population. In 2009, Western Australia had the highest rate with 828 vehicles per 1,000 population, followed by Tasmania with 798 per 1,000 population.

For the 2014 MVC, the Northern Territory had the lowest number of vehicles per 1,000 population of all states and territories with 627.

MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATIONS BY POPULATION(a)(b), State/territory of registration
Graph: MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATIONS BY POPULATION(a)(b), State/territory of registration



AVERAGE AGE OF REGISTERED VEHICLES

In 2014, the average age of all vehicles registered in Australia was 10.0 years for the fifth consecutive MVC. Over the five year period from 2009, Campervans were the only vehicle categories to record a decrease in average age. Campervans decreased by 0.5 years. Over the same period, Motor cycles and Articulated trucks increased in average age by 0.8 years and 0.7 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 13.9 million petrol powered vehicles registered in 2014 accounting for 78.8% of the total vehicle fleet.

In comparison there were 3.3 million diesel powered vehicles accounting for 18.5% of the fleet.

Over the five year period from 2009, the number of Passenger vehicles and Light Commercial vehicles registered with diesel fuel increased by 103.6% and 65.4% respectively.

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



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