Road deaths rose in almost every state and territory in the past 12 months

New data has found that road deaths across Australia were on the rise in all states and territories bar one. Here's the breakdown
road deaths in australia

Road deaths rose across Australia in the past 12 months, with the Northern Territory the only jurisdiction where they fell.

The new data, released by the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), found a 5.9% annual increase in national road deaths in the 12 months to March 2023.

New South Wales had the highest number of road deaths (289).

The number of road deaths in Australia over the past two years:

State/ territory Deaths from April 2021 to March 2022 Deaths from April 2022 to March 2023 % change
NSW 289 289 0
Victoria 236 259 9.7
Queensland 276 281 1.8
South Australia 85 93 9.4
Western Australia 154 180 16.9
Tasmania 44 48 9.1
Northern Territory 43 37 -14
ACT 10 17 70

National targets for Australian road deaths

The latest report found almost every state and territory was falling behind road death targets set out in Australia’s 10-year road safety strategy.

The strategy came into effect in 2021 and targeted reducing fatalities on Australian roads by 50% by 2030.

NSW was the only state or territory that met its proportional road death target. It was the area with the fewest road deaths per 100,000 people (3.53). The NT had the highest proportion of road deaths (14.76).


The report also found road deaths had increased on pre-pandemic levels.

Annual road death data from April 2018 to March 2020 were both lower than what was recorded in the most recent 12-month period.

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