This year was the deadliest on Australia’s roads in five and a half years, with the road death toll reaching 1,253 – the highest since 1,270 people were killed in the 12 months to March 2018, according to the nation’s peak motoring body.
Upon releasing the data, the Australian Automobile Association accused governments of kicking road safety “down the road” after federal, state and territory transport ministers met a fortnight ago to discuss their next five-year partnership on road infrastructure projects but failed to make progress on data transparency when it comes to road deaths.
“Month after month, road deaths keep rising, and we lack the information needed to identify the reasons for this deadly trend and to develop the most effective measures for reducing crashes,” said AAA’s managing director, Michael Bradley.
“The states and territories have crucial data on the quality of Australian roads, the causes of crashes, and law enforcement patterns – but they are not sharing this information.”
AAA’s data shows road deaths increased nationwide by more than 6% compared with last year.
The sharpest increase was in South Australia, which rose by 61.4% from 70 deaths in 2022 to 113 deaths in 2023. In Victoria road deaths increased by 14.5%, from 249 in 2022 to 285 2023.