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Using Transport Statistics

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Data Limitations
Directory of Statistical Sources
Methods and Standards
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
General help information

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Data releases

The ABS collects administrative data on numbers and characteristics of registered motor vehicles in Australia as well as the number of new motor vehicles sold each month. This data is available through the Motor Vehicle Census and Sales of New Motor Vehicles publications.

To provide further information on vehicle usage, the ABS runs the Survey of Motor Vehicle Use. The Freight Movements survey, last released in 2001, provides more detailed data on freight transported by road, rail, sea and air.

Customised data

To obtain information that is more detailed than that provided in publications and data cubes you should contact the Information Consultancy Service.


Quality Declarations and Assessment

ABS Quality Declarations are released with ABS publications and help individuals, the community and government to make informed decisions. Quality declarations complement, but do not replace, technical notes, explanatory notes, footnotes and appendices. By using the data quality framework, the quality declaration ensures users of ABS statistics are well informed of the quality of the data and can assess whether the statistics meet their needs and are fit for purpose.

Quality Declaration Summaries are available under the Explanatory Notes for the Survey of Motor Vehicle Use and Sales of New Motor Vehicles.


The Directory of Statistical Sources provides a useful on-line tool for data users to identify and access reference information about ABS statistical collections.The Directory includes reference material about the collection, such as its purpose, scope and coverage, and summary information about the various data items. It also provides access to current data outputs on a range of transport topics including:
Aviation, Freight Movements, Fuel Usage, Motor Vehicles, Rail, Shipping, Transport and Storage, Transport Use and Vehicle Registrations. METHODS AND STANDARDS

Methods and Standards contains information on useful statistical and survey development tools and includes methods, classifications and standards.

Classifications used in transport statistics

Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) (cat. no. 1292.0)
Australian Transport Freight Commodity Classification (ATFCC) and Australian Pack Classification (APC) (cat. no. 1210.0)
Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) (cat. no 1216.0)
AustRoads and ABS vehicle classifications (from cat. no. 9208.0.55.001) FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

Q. Does the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) produce data on transport?
Yes, a full range of ABS publications can be found in Topics @ a Glance - Transport.

The most notable ABS produced publications are;
Sales of New Motor Vehicles, Australia, (cat. no. 9314.0)
Motor Vehicle Census, Australia, (cat. no. 9309.0)
Survey of Motor Vehicle Use, Australia, (cat. no. 9208.0)

Q. Can I find data about fuel?
Yes, fuel consumption data can be found in the Survey of Motor Vehicle Use, Australia, (cat. no. 9208.0)
Fuel type
data is included in the Motor Vehicle Census, Australia, (cat. no. 9309.0)

Q. Is there any data available on transport and the environment?
Yes, data can be found concerning transport and greenhouse gases in Australia's Environment: Issues and Trends, (cat. no. 4613.0) Data on environmental behaviour and practices of Australian households and individuals is available in Environmental Issues: People's Views and Practices, (cat. no. 4602.0)


How to access ABS statistics
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