Motor Vehicle Census, Australia

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Statistics relating to vehicles which were registered on 31st January 2020 with a motor vehicle registration authority

Reference period
31 Jan 2020

Main features


  • There were 19.8 million registered motor vehicles as at 31 January 2020.
  • The national fleet increased by 1.5 per cent from 2019 to 2020.
  • Toyota topped the list of passenger vehicles for the 15th consecutive year with 3.0 million registrations.
  • Diesel vehicles increased to 25.6 per cent of the national fleet, up from 19.7 per cent in 2015.

States and territories

  • An increase in registrations was reported in all states and territories excluding Northern Territory (-0.7 per cent).
  • The largest increase in registrations was in Tasmania (2.6 per cent).


Fuel type

  • Petrol powered vehicles decreased by 0.9 percentage points to 72.7 per cent of the national fleet.
  • Diesel powered vehicles increased by 1.0 percentage point to 25.6 per cent of all registered vehicles.


Vehicle type

  • Light rigid trucks continue to have the largest growth rate in registrations, increasing 5.8 per cent, followed by Campervans with 3.5 per cent.
  • Passenger vehicle registrations increased by 1.2 per cent however, their share of the fleet fell 0.3 percentage points to 74.1 per cent.


Average age

  • Average age of vehicles across Australia increased to 10.4 years.
  • Tasmanian vehicles were the the oldest at 13.0 years.
  • Australian Capital Territory had the youngest fleet with an average age of 9.5 years.

Bushfires and COVID-19

Quality assurance undertaken by the ABS confirmed that the bushfires and the COVID-19 virus did not result in quality impacts to the 2020 Motor Vehicle Census. For information on the expected economic impacts of the Bushfires and COVID-19, please see the ABS Chief Economist Series paper Measuring natural disasters in the Australian economy.

Data downloads

Motor Vehicle Census, Aust.

Previous catalogue number

This release previously used catalogue number 9309.0.

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