9309.0 - Motor Vehicle Census, Australia, 31 Jan 2020 Quality Declaration 
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    • There were 19.8 million registered motor vehicles as at 31 January 2020.
    • The national fleet increased by 1.5 per cent from 2019 to 2020.
    • Toyota topped the list of passenger vehicles for the 15th consecutive year with 3.0 million registrations.
    • Diesel vehicles increased to 25.6 per cent of the national fleet, up from 19.7 per cent in 2015.

States and territories
    • An increase in registrations was reported in all states and territories excluding Northern Territory (-0.7 per cent).
    • The largest increase in registrations was in Tasmania (2.6 per cent).
Graph: Change in motor vehicle registrations from 2019 - 2020, by state and territory
Commonwealth of Australia 2020

Fuel type

    • Petrol powered vehicles decreased by 0.9 percentage points to 72.7 per cent of the national fleet.
    • Diesel powered vehicles increased by 1.0 percentage point to 25.6 per cent of all registered vehicles.
Graph: Proportion of vehicles - by fuel type, Australia - 2020
Commonwealth of Australia 2020

Vehicle type

    • Light rigid trucks continue to have the largest growth rate in registrations, increasing 5.8 per cent, followed by Campervans with 3.5 per cent.
    • Passenger vehicle registrations increased by 1.2 per cent however, their share of the fleet fell 0.3 percentage points to 74.1 per cent.
Graph: Change in motor vehicle registrations from 2019 - 2020, by vehicle type, Australia
Commonwealth of Australia 2020

Average age

    • Average age of vehicles across Australia increased to 10.4 years.
    • Tasmanian vehicles were the the oldest at 13.0 years.
    • Australian Capital Territory had the youngest fleet with an average age of 9.5 years.

Bushfires and COVID-19

Quality assurance undertaken by the ABS confirmed that the bushfires and the COVID-19 virus did not result in quality impacts to the 2020 Motor Vehicle Census. For information on the expected economic impacts of the Bushfires and COVID-19, please see the ABS Chief Economist Series paper Measuring natural disasters in the Australian economy.

New ABS Website

The ABS will be launching a new website in 2020. You will soon be able to see how this release will appear on the new website by exploring our Beta site. Regular users of this information are encouraged to explore the Beta site and consider if this will affect the way you access and consume ABS data and information. If you would like more information on the new ABS website, or want to discuss how the transition to the new site might impact you, please email newABSwebsite@abs.gov.au