9303.0.55.002 - New Motor Vehicle Registration (NMVR), Australia, Motorcycles Data, Dec 2001  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 08/02/2002   
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  • Explanatory Notes

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Explanatory Notes


1 This SuperTABLE Cube contains monthly data for registrations of new motorcycles.

2 The statistics are derived from data provided by the State and Territory motor vehicle registration authorities and, where possible, use the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to decode the information presented here.


3 New motorcycle registration statistics are obtained from State and Territory motor vehicle registration authorities. The statistics reflect information recorded in registration documents. While the statistics do not depart significantly from actual registrations during the period, a number of registrations processed in a month may actually relate to motorcycles registered prior to that month.

4 New motor vehicle registrations are obtained from New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia registration authorities on a weekly basis. Other registries provide data for each calendar month. The ABS processes the weekly registration data provided for the above-mentioned States and includes data for the relevant month in this current release. Data referring to the next month are withheld and included in the next month’s release. In some months, the ABS processes five weeks of data for the above States, while other months include four weeks of data. In months where five weeks of data are processed and depending on the actual pattern of registration processing, it is possible that there will be a greater number of registrations recorded because the carry forward from the previous month may be greater than the carry over to the next month.

5 The scope of the statistics in this SuperTABLE Cube:

includes - motorcycles with diplomatic and consular plates, State and Commonwealth owned vehicles;

excludes - motorcycles belonging to the defence forces, unregistered motorcycles (such as trail bikes).


This Cube allows tables to be built using the fields:
Month: contains the latest 36 months of data processed by the ABS
Make: includes hierarchic Make, Model, Submodel classification
State of Registration:
Postcode: as reported by the owner on the registration certificate

Caveat: All tables generated using these fields must include the Make in the structure. If Make is not included totals may be overstated.


Motorcycles - Includes 2 and 3 wheeled mopeds, scooters, motor tricycles and motorcycles with sidecars.

Postcode - The postcode of the registered owner as reported on the registration papers. Where there is no residential postcode reported the postcode of the postal address is used.

Registrations - Includes registrations of all new motorcycles processed by the motor vehicle registration authorities in the States and Territories during the relevant period.

VIN - The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) uniquely identifies each vehicle. Embedded in the number are details of make and model together with other relevant information about the vehicle. The VIN is collected by the motor vehicle registration authorities at the time of registration.