Lives Lost - Rolling 12 Month

12 months to midnight 12 June 2024

2022-2023 Lives lost 2023-2024 Lives lost
271 287 (up 5.9%)
Fatalities (equivalent periods)
2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022 2022-2023 5 year
average
256 231 203 245 271 241
Gender
Gender 2022-2023 2023-2024 Change % change 5 year
average
Female 78 82 4 5% 65
Male 192 204 12 6% 176
Unknown 1 1 0 0% 0
Road user
Road user 2022-2023 2023-2024 Change % change 5 year
average
Bicyclist 11 8 -3 -27% 12
Driver 122 117 -5 -4% 110
Motorcyclist* 51 66 15 29% 43
Passenger 50 40 -10 -20% 39
Pedestrian 36 55 19 53% 36
Unknown 1 1 0 0% 1
Location
Location 2022-2023 2023-2024 Change % change 5 year
average
Melbourne 120 120 0 0% 109
Rural vic 151 167 16 11% 133
Unknown 0 0 0 0% 0
Age Group
Age Group 2022-2023 2023-2024 Change % change 5 year
average
0 to 4 3 3 0 0% 3
5 to 15 5 11 6 120% 5
16 to 17 4 5 1 25% 5
18 to 20 21 21 0 0% 17
21 to 25 29 19 -10 -34% 23
26 to 29 25 21 -4 -16% 21
30 to 39 42 38 -4 -10% 37
40 to 49 31 35 4 13% 28
50 to 59 34 42 8 24% 27
60 to 69 27 34 7 26% 29
70 and over 50 58 8 16% 46
Unknown 0 0 0 0% 1
Level of urbanisation
Level of urbanisation 2022-2023 2023-2024 Change % change 5 year
average
Provincial cities/towns 20 41 21 105% 28
Rural roads 148 145 -3 -2% 126
Small towns/hamlets 1 2 1 100% 1
Urban Melbourne** 102 98 -4 -4% 85
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.