1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2012
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 24/05/2012
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Statistics contained in the Year Book are the most recent available at the time of preparation. In many cases, the ABS website and the websites of other organisations provide access to more recent data. Each Year Book table or graph and the bibliography at the end of each chapter provides hyperlinks to the most up to date data release where available.
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REGISTERED MOTOR VEHICLES
There were 16.4 million motor vehicles (excluding tractors, plant and equipment, caravans and trailers) registered in Australia at 31 January 2011 (table 24.26). A little over three-quarters of all vehicles (77%) are passenger vehicles. New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland are the states with the largest number of vehicles, with 29%, 26% and 21% of the total vehicle fleet respectively.
The average age of the Australian motor vehicle fleet at 31 January 2011 was 10 years (table 24.27). Tasmania recorded the highest average age (12 years), while the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory recorded the lowest average age (9 years). Of the different vehicle types, campervans had the oldest average age (18 years), while motorcycles recorded the lowest (9 years).
The number of motor vehicles registered at 31 January 2011 represents 730 registrations per 1,000 people (graph 24.28). In 2011, the rate was highest for Western Australia at 829 registrations per 1,000 people and lowest for the Northern Territory at 596.
NEW MOTOR VEHICLE SALES
Statistics on the registration of new motor vehicles are often considered to be an important indicator of the health of the economy and an early indicator of developing economy-wide trends. New motor vehicle sales are also considered to be an indicator of consumer demand and confidence.
A wide range of other factors can influence sales of new motor vehicles, including:
The ABS collects and publishes new motor vehicle sales (NMVS) statistics on a monthly basis. This makes NMVS one of the more timely economic indicators.
There were 1,081,633 new motor vehicle sales in 2010–11 (table 24.29). This was an increase of 68,360 or 6.7% over the 1,013,273 sales recorded in 2009–10. The earthquake and tsunami that occurred in Japan on 11 March 2011 may have affected new motor vehicle sales in Australia due to associated delays in delivery of Japanese manufactured vehicles. These events and the wide spread flooding in the eastern states during 2010–11 may have affected the number of new vehicle sales since early 2011. As new motor vehicle sales are influenced by a range of factors, it is not possible to quantify the specific impact of these events.
Graph 24.30 shows new motor vehicle sales between 2001 and 2011, on a trend and seasonally-adjusted basis.
SHIPPING TRADING FLEET
The Australian trading fleet consists of cargo vessels owned and/or operated by Australian companies. The fleet includes vessels that carry cargo and passengers, but does not include vessels that carry passengers only. It decreased from 104 ships in 2007 to 97 ships in 2010 (table 24.31). Deadweight tonnes has fallen slightly from 3.14 million tonnes in 2007 to 3.06 million tonnes in 2010. Gross tonnage fell from 2.4 million tonnes in 2007 to 2.3 million tonnes in 2010.
There were 13,510 aircraft in the Australian Civil Aircraft Register at 31 December 2010, including 10,381 single and multi-engine aeroplanes, 1,653 helicopters and 1,476 gliders and balloons (graph 24.32).
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