Notes on the data: Premature mortality by selected cause - 0 to 74 years

Deaths from road traffic injuries, persons aged 0 to 74 years, 2010 to 2014


Policy context:  Road trauma is a significant contributor to the high rates of death from injury [1]. On average, four people die and 90 people are seriously injured on Australian roads every day. Although deaths on Australian roads have decreased over the past decade, there has been slow progress in reducing the number of injuries. The number of deaths from road traffic crashes per 100,000 persons fell from 6.8 in 2009 to 6.1 in 2010. In 1970, the rate was 30.4 [1].

Australian road safety campaigns are working towards further reductions in deaths and in the severity of injuries. Improvements in vehicle design and in traffic flow and road construction also contribute to reducing the road toll.


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Year Book 2012. (ABS Cat. no. 1301.0). Canberra: ABS; 2012.

Notes:  International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems 10th Revision (ICD-10) codes:  V00-V06.[1], V09.2, V09.3, V10-V18.[4,5,9], V19.[4,5,6,9], V20-V28.[4,5,9], V29.[ 4,5,6,9], V30-V38. [5,6,7,9], V39.[4,5,6,9], V40-V48[5,6,7,9], V49[4,5,6,9], V50-V48.[5,6,7,9], V59.[4,5,6,9], V60-V68.[5,6,7,9], V69.[4,5,6,9], V70-V78.[5,6,7,9], V79.[4,5,6,9], V81.1, V82.1, V82.9, V83-V86.[0,1,2,3], V87, V89.2, V89.3

For deaths data released since 2007, the ABS has applied a staged approach to the coding of cause of death which affects the number of records available for release at any date. In each release, the latest year's data is preliminary, the second latest is revised and the data for the remaining years is final. For further information about the ABS revisions process see the following and related sites:

Numerator:  Deaths from road traffic injuries at ages 0 to 74 years


Denominator:  Population aged 0 to 74 years


Detail of analysis:  Average annual indirectly age-standardised rate per 100,000 population (aged 0 to 74 years); and/or indirectly age-standardised ratio, based on the Australian standard.


Source:  Data compiled by PHIDU from deaths data based on the 2010 to 2014 Cause of Death Unit Record Files supplied by the Australian Coordinating Registry and the Victorian Department of Justice, on behalf of the Registries of Births, Deaths and Marriages and the National Coronial Information System. The population is the ABS Estimated Resident Population (ERP) for Australia, 30 June 2010 to 30 June 2014.


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