9309.0 - Motor Vehicle Census, Australia, 31 Jan 2017 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 28/07/2017   
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    • There were 18.8 million registered motor vehicles in Australia as at 31 January 2017.
    • The national vehicle fleet grew by 2.1 per cent between 2016 and 2017.
    • Diesel powered vehicles constitute 22.2 per cent of the national fleet, up from 15.9 per cent in 2012.

    • The number of registered vehicles increased in all states and territories except the Northern Territory which decreased by 1.5 per cent.
    • Tasmania reported the strongest growth rate, increasing by 2.6 per cent.
    • New South Wales reported the largest increase in the number of vehicles (134,762).

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    • Petrol powered vehicles decreased by 1.1 percentage points to 75.7 per cent of the national fleet.
    • Diesel powered vehicles increased by 1.3 percentage points to 22.2 per cent of the Australian fleet and this category remains the fastest growing by fuel type.

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    • Passenger vehicles account for 75.0 per cent of the national fleet, down 0.1 percentage points from 2016.
    • Campervans reported the largest growth rate of any vehicle type, increasing by 4.5 per cent, followed by Light rigid trucks with 3.4 per cent.
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    • Average age of all vehicles registered in Australia was 10.1 years, unchanged since 2015.
    • Tasmanian vehicles reported the oldest average age at 12.8 years, whilst the Northern Territory had the youngest fleet with an average age of 9.2 years.



This publication presents statistics relating to vehicles which were registered at 31 January 2017 with a motor vehicle registration authority. Motor vehicle registration statistics reflect the information as recorded in registration documents and reported to the ABS by the relevant Motor Vehicle Registry. Unusual movements in registration counts are queried and confirmed with the relevant Motor Vehicle Registry.

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.


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