Road Safety Quarterly Statistics

The TAC Road Safety Quarterly Statistics Report contains statistical information on the lives lost and injuries* sustained on Victorian roads in transport accidents.

*Injuries requiring hospitalisation within 7 days of the accident.

See below for the latest Road Safety Quarterly Statistics report:

Key numbers from the report

For the 12 months to December 2021:

  • A total of 232 people lost their lives on Victorian roads. This is a 10% increase (21 more lives lost) from the same period in the previous 12 months.
  • Of the lives lost: 114 were drivers, 43 were motorcyclists, 35 were passengers, 28 were pedestrians and 11 were bicyclists.
  • There were 214 fatal crashes on Victorian roads. This compares to 195 fatal crashes during the 12 months to the end of December 2020 (19 more fatal crashes).
  • Per 100,000 population, there were 3.49 lives lost and 3.22 fatal crashes.
  • For every 10,000 vehicles, 0.45 lives were lost and there were 0.41 fatal crashes.
  • Compared to other States and Territories, Victoria ranked third lowest in fatalities per 100,000 population. ACT and NSW had fewer with 2.54 and 3.31 lives lost per 100,000 population, respectively.
  • Of the 36 OECD countries in 2019, Victoria ranked sixteenth in terms of lives lost per 100,000 population.
  • Cardinia and Casey (14) each, Mornington Peninsula (9), Baw Baw and Melton (8) each and Mitchell (7) had the highest numbers of lives lost, compared to all other LGAs during this period.
  • 12 LGAs recorded zero lives lost: these were Alpine, Bass Coast, Central Goldfields Gannawarra, Manningham, Mansfield, Maribyrnong, Moreland, Port Phillip, Queenscliffe, Southern Grampians and Wodonga.
  • On average 52,590 speed infringements from speed cameras were issued per month, which is an 83% increase from the previous 12 month average of 28,687.
  • On average, 565 excessive speed infringements were issued from speed cameras each month, which is a 71 % increase from the previous 12 month average of 331.

For a 12 months period to June 2021 (latest available hospitalisation data):

*Hospital admissions were within 7 days of the crash date.

A total of 5,630 TAC claimants were admitted to the hospital after a crash. This is an 18% decrease (1,230 fewer acute hospitalisations) from the same period in the previous 12 months.

There were 593 (11%) of claimants who were admitted to hospital who stayed in hospital for more than 14 days.  This is a 26% decrease (206 fewer) from the same period in the previous 12 months.

There were fewer hospitalised claims resulting from crashes in both Melbourne (3,475, down 18%) and Rural Victoria (1,919, down 12%), compared to the same period in the previous 12 months.

Greater Geelong (23), Melbourne (21), Greater Dandenong (20) and Yarra Ranges (20) had a larger number of claimants hospitalised more than 14 days compared to other LGAs

There was a significant reduction in all crash types resulting in a hospital admission.

The largest accident type for hospitalised claims come from single vehicle crashes (1,302), although there was a 9% reduction from the previous 12 months. 14.1% (183) of the people hospitalised from single vehicle crashes stayed in hospital for more than 14 days. In the previous 12 months 17 % (237) of people hospitalised from single vehicle crashes stayed in hospital for more than 14 days.

8 LGAs recorded zero cases for people in hospital for more than 14 days. These are Ararat, Glenelg, Hindmarsh, Horsham, Queenscliff, Towong, Wangaratta and West Wimmera.

Tables in the report

Tables in the report include lives lost figures for the year to date and as a rolling 12 month total (broken down by gender, road user, accident location, age group, local government area (LGA) and accident type):

  • Serious casualties (broken down by gender, road user, accident location, age group, local government area (LGA) and accident type)
  • Victorian road lives lost by month since July 1951
  • Interstate lives lost

Graphs in the report

Graphs in the summary show the trends for:

  • Casualties per 10,000 vehicles and 100,000 population
  • Lives lost and serious casualties in urban and rural areas
  • Serious casualties in urban and rural areas by age groups
  • Lives lost and injuries* by road user class

Previous Road Safety Statistical Summary Reports:

The TAC Road Safety Statistical Summary contains statistical information on the road toll, serious casualties, drink driving and police enforcement.

See below previous revised Road Safety Statistical Summary: