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Motor Vehicle Census

Name of Collection
Motor Vehicle Census


Motor Vehicle Census
Australian Bureau of Statistics
GPO Box 9817

Telephone: Brisbane 07 3222 6119
Facsimile: Brisbane 07 3222 6334


To collect information on the number and characteristics of registered vehicles in Australia.


The Motor Vehicle Census (MVC) is an annual collection of data on registered vehicles in Australia. The ABS collects registration information from all State and Territory motor registries, converts the information to a standard format and then edits it. The scope of the collection is all vehicles, powered or towed, which have unrestricted road access and valid registration on the day the census is conducted.

Data Detail

        • Number of vehicles;
        • Type of vehicles;
        • Type of fuel;
        • Make of vehicles;
        • Model of vehicles;
        • Year of manufacture;
        • Tare weight;
        • Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM);
        • Gross Combination Mass (GCM);
        • Number of seats;
        • Number of cylinders; and
        • Engine capacity;

Geographic Coverage

Australia, States and Territories, and residential post code of owner.

Frequency of Data Availability

From 1995, data are released annually. Data in respect of 31 October 1999 were released in August 2000.

Historical Data

Published data are available for 1971, 1976, 1979, 1982, 1985, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998 and 1999.

Products and Services


Motor Vehicle Census, Australia (Cat. no. 9309.0)

TranStats, Australia on CD-ROM (Cat. no. 9312.0.30.001).
Customised data products are provided on request. Data for some years are available electronically.

Example of Information Available

Motor Vehicle Census, Australia (Cat. no. 9309.0)

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