Motor Vehicle Census, Australia

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Statistics relating to vehicles which were registered on 31st January 2019 with a motor vehicle registration authority

Reference period
31 Jan 2019

Key statistics


  • There were 19.5 million registered motor vehicles as at 31 January 2019.
  • The national fleet increased by 1.7 per cent from 2018 to 2019.
  • Toyota topped the list of passenger vehicles for the 14th consecutive year with 2.9 million registrations.
  • Diesel vehicles increased to 24.6 per cent of the national fleet, up from 18.5 per cent in 2014.

States and territories

  • Excluding Northern Territory (-0.5 per cent), all states and territories reported an increase.
  • The largest increase was in Tasmania (2.6 per cent).

Fuel type

  • Petrol powered vehicles decreased by 1.0 percentage points to 73.6 per cent of the national fleet.
  • Diesel powered vehicles increased by 1.2 percentage points to 24.6 per cent of all registered vehicles.

Vehicle type

  • Light rigid trucks continue to have the largest growth rate increasing 5.7 per cent, followed by Campervans with 4.7 per cent.
  • Passenger vehicles increased by 1.2 per cent however, their share of the fleet fell 0.3 percentage points to 74.4 per cent.

Average age

  • Average age of vehicles across Australia increased to 10.2 years.
  • Tasmanian vehicles were the the oldest at 12.9 years.
  • Australian Capital Territory had the youngest fleet with an average age of 9.4 years.


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