Lives Lost - Rolling 12 Month

12 months to midnight 1 February 2023

2021-2022 Lives lost 2022-2023 Lives lost
244 249 (up 2.0%)
Fatalities (equivalent periods)
2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022 5 year
average
262 216 267 201 244 238
Gender
Gender 2021-2022 2022-2023 Change % change 5 year
average
Female 71 64 -7 -10% 62
Male 173 184 11 6% 176
Unknown 0 1 1 100% 0
Road user
Road user 2021-2022 2022-2023 Change % change 5 year
average
Bicyclist 13 13 0 0% 11
Driver 114 112 -2 -2% 113
Motorcyclist* 45 52 7 16% 40
Passenger 39 29 -10 -26% 38
Pedestrian 32 41 9 28% 35
Unknown 1 1 0 0% 0
Location
Location 2021-2022 2022-2023 Change % change 5 year
average
Melbourne 117 104 -13 -11% 106
Rural vic 127 145 18 14% 132
Unknown 0 0 0 0% 0
Age Group
Age Group 2021-2022 2022-2023 Change % change 5 year
average
0 to 4 4 2 -2 -50% 2
5 to 15 5 4 -1 -20% 5
16 to 17 9 2 -7 -78% 5
18 to 20 16 21 5 31% 16
21 to 25 23 22 -1 -4% 23
26 to 29 17 23 6 35% 18
30 to 39 29 35 6 21% 36
40 to 49 29 34 5 17% 29
50 to 59 26 35 9 35% 28
60 to 69 37 32 -5 -14% 30
70 and over 47 38 -9 -19% 47
Unknown 2 1 -1 -50% 1
Level of urbanisation
Level of urbanisation 2021-2022 2022-2023 Change % change 5 year
average
Provincial cities/towns 33 23 -10 -30% 29
Rural roads 126 138 12 10% 126
Small towns/hamlets 0 3 3 300% 1
Urban Melbourne** 85 84 -1 -1% 81
Unknown 0 1 1 100% 0
* includes pillion riders
** Melbourne Statistical Division includes some rural roads
Note: Fatality data is compiled by the TAC from police reports supplied by Victoria Police. Fatality data is revised each day, with the exception of weekends and public holidays. Data is subject to revision as additional information about known accidents is received, and as new accident reports are received and processed.
5 year average rounded to nearest whole number

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Why the change from calling it 'Road Toll' to 'Lives Lost'?

The problem with talking about 'road toll' is that it implies that road trauma is an acceptable cost of having roads. A toll is the price we pay for using something - with toll roads, for example, it’s a few dollars.

Road toll wording also has the effect of dehumanising road trauma. By reducing people’s lives to a number, it makes it easier for the community to feel distanced from the issue.  These are not just numbers, they are people - someone’s child, mother, father, sister, brother, friend or colleague.

If we accept this 'road toll' as the price of a rural lifestyle or getting from A to B, another 2,500 people will die in the next 10 years and 50,000 people will be hospitalised with serious and life changing injuries.

The fact is we’re talking about people who have died. Instead of saying, “our road toll stands at 150", let’s say "150 lives lost on Victorian roads”.

The price we pay for using the road shouldn’t be death or serious injury.