Data on this website was sourced in July 2019 with the latest available data from July 2019.

Quick Stats

  • The average vehicle travelled 13,301 km per year, or 36.4 km per day
  • The total kilometers travelled on Australian roads in 2018 was 255,031 million
  • Per day, there was 698 million km travelled on Australian roads

Kilometers travelled by type of vehicle

Vehicle Type Kilometres Travelled
Passenger vehicles 179,761 million
Motorcycles 2,193 million
Light commerical vehicles 52,307 million
Rigid trucks 10,274 million
Articulated trucks 7,917 million
Non-freight carrying trucks 313 million
Buses 2,266 million
Total 255,031 million

There was a total of 255,031 million kilometers travelled on Australian roads in 2018 by all vehicle types. The average vehicle in Australia travelled 13,301 km per year, or 36.4 km per day. Passenger vehicles made up 70% of the total kilometers travelled in 2018 with 179.8 million kilometers travelled during the year or 492,495 kilometers travelled each day.

Passenger vehicles made up 75% of all registered vehicles in Australia and the average passenger vehicle travelled 12,607 kilometers a year or 34.5 kilometers a day. The average motorcycle travelled 2,557 kilometers a year, or 7 kilometers a day. The average light commercial vehicle travelled 16,378 kilometers a year, or 44.8 kilometers a day. The average rigid truck travelled 20,753 kilometers a year, or 56.8 kilometers a day. The average articulate truck travelled 79,400 kilometers a year, or 217.5 kilometers a day.

State comparison

New South Wales

Vehicle Type Kilometres Travelled
Passenger vehicles 54,007 million
Motorcycles 705 million
Light commerical vehicles 14,142 million
Rigid trucks 3,145 million
Articulated trucks 1,876 million
Non-freight carrying trucks 56 million
Buses 634 million
Total 74,566 million

The total kilometers travelled in New South Wales made up 29% of the total kilometers travelled in Australia in 2018. The total number of vehicles registered in New South Wales in 2018 was 5,618,386 out of a total 19,173,279 vehicles in Australia, equalling a total of 29.3% of all drivers. This means that the total percentage of kilometers travelled by New South Wales drivers equals the percentage of drivers in the state. The average vehicle in New South Wales travelled 13,272 kilometers a year or 36.4 kilometers a day.

Victoria

Vehicle Type Kilometres Travelled
Passenger vehicles 49,455 million
Motorcycles 450 million
Light commerical vehicles 12,828 million
Rigid trucks 2,484 million
Articulated trucks 2,224 million
Non-freight carrying trucks 103 million
Buses 496 million
Total 68,030 million

The total kilometers travelled in Victoria made up 26.6% of the total kilometers travelled in Australia in 2018. The total number of vehicles registered in Victoria in 2018 was 4,923,032 out of a total 19,173,279 vehicles in Australia, equalling a total of 25.7% of all drivers. This means that Victorian drivers travelled slightly further during the year on average. The average vehicle in Victoria travelled 13,818 kilometers a year or 37.9 kilometers a day.

Queensland

Vehicle Type Kilometres Travelled
Passenger vehicles 36,641 million
Motorcycles 560 million
Light commerical vehicles 13,134 million
Rigid trucks 2,622 million
Articulated trucks 1,836 million
Non-freight carrying trucks 90 million
Buses 536 million
Total 55,419 million

The total kilometers travelled in Queensland made up 21.7% of the total kilometers travelled in Australia in 2018. The total number of vehicles registered in Queensland in 2018 was 4,045,335 out of a total 19,173,279 vehicles in Australia, equalling a total of 21.1% of all drivers. This means that Queensland drivers travelled slightly further during the year on average. The average vehicle in Queensland travelled 13,699 kilometers a year or 37.5 kilometers a day.

Western Australia

Vehicle Type Kilometres Travelled
Passenger vehicles 18,219 million
Motorcycles 264 million
Light commerical vehicles 6,380 million
Rigid trucks 1,143 million
Articulated trucks 1,083 million
Non-freight carrying trucks 35 million
Buses 277 million
Total 27,401 million

The total kilometers travelled in Western Australia made up 11% of the total kilometers travelled in Australia in 2018. The total number of vehicles registered in Western Australia in 2018 was 2,231,564 out of a total 19,173,279 vehicles in Australia, equalling 11.6% of all drivers. This means that Western Australian drivers travelled slightly less during the year on average. The average vehicle in Western Australia travelled 12,278 kilometers a year or 33.6 kilometers a day.

South Australia

Vehicle Type Kilometres Travelled
Passenger vehicles 13,071 million
Motorcycles 93 million
Light commerical vehicles 3,318 million
Rigid trucks 514 million
Articulated trucks 663 million
Non-freight carrying trucks 14 million
Buses 143 million
Total 17,817 million

The total kilometers travelled in South Australia made up 7% of the total kilometers travelled in Australia in 2018. The total number of vehicles registered in South Australia in 2018 was 1,408,960 out of a total 19,173,279 vehicles in Australia, equalling a total of 7.4% of all drivers. This means that South Australian drivers travelled slightly less during the year on average. The average vehicle in South Australia travelled 12,645 kilometers a year or 34.6 kilometers a day.

Tasmania

Vehicle Type Kilometres Travelled
Passenger vehicles 4,004 million
Motorcycles 37 million
Light commerical vehicles 1,282 million
Rigid trucks 226 million
Articulated trucks 141 million
Non-freight carrying trucks 8 million
Buses 55 million
Total 5,753 million

The total kilometers travelled in Tasmania made up 2.3% of the total kilometers travelled in Australia in 2018. The total number of vehicles registered in Tasmania in 2018 was 480,935 out of a total 19,173,564 vehicles in Australia, equalling 2.5% of all drivers. This means that Tasmanian drivers travelled slightly less during the year of average. The average vehicle in Tasmania travelled 11,962 kilometers a year or 32.8 kilometers a day.

Australian Capital Territory

Vehicle Type Kilometres Travelled
Passenger vehicles 3,162 million
Motorcycles 65 million
Light commerical vehicles 516 million
Rigid trucks 63 million
Articulated trucks 14 million
Non-freight carrying trucks 3 million
Buses 38 million
Total 3,860 million

The total kilometers travelled in the Australian Capital Territory made up 1.5% of the total kilometers travelled in Australia in 2018. The total number of vehicles registered in Australian Capital Territory in 2018 was 302,568 out of a total 19,173,564 vehicles in Australia, equalling 1.6% of all drivers. This means drivers in the ACT travelled slightly less during the year on average. The average vehicle in the Australian Capital Territory travelled 12,757 kilometers a year, or 34.9 kilometers a day.

Northern Territory

Vehicle Type Kilometres Travelled
Passenger vehicles 1,212 million
Motorcycles 19 million
Light commerical vehicles 706 million
Rigid trucks 77 million
Articulated trucks 81 million
Non-freight carrying trucks 4 million
Buses 86 million
Total 2,185 million

The total kilometers travelled in the Australian Capital Territory made up 1.5% of the total kilometers travelled in Australia in 2018. The total number of vehicles registered in Australian Capital Territory in 2018 was 302,568 out of a total 19,173,564 vehicles in Australia, equalling 1.6% of all drivers. This means drivers in the ACT travelled slightly less during the year on average. The average vehicle in the Australian Capital Territory travelled 12,757 kilometers a year, or 34.9 kilometers a day.

Historical Comparison

From 2006 through to 2018 there has been increases to the average kilometers travelled per year for every type of vehicle on the roads in Australia. From 2006 there has been an increase of 4.8 million motor vehicles registered on Australian roads. With the increase in vehicles on Australian roads it is understandable that there would be an increase in the total amount of kilometers travelled. Interestingly the average kilometers travelled per vehicle has decreased 5% from 2006 to 2018.

2006

Vehicle Type Kilometres Travelled
Passenger vehicles 156,184 million
Motorcycles 1,641 million
Light commerical vehicles 35,210 million
Rigid trucks 8,040 million
Articulated trucks 6,151 million
Non-freight carrying trucks 261 million
Buses 1,917 million
Total 209,405 million

There were 14.4 million motor vehicles registered in Australia in 2006. The average motor vehicle in 2006 travelled 14,542 kilometers a year or 39.8 kilometers a day.

2010

Vehicle Type Kilometres Travelled
Passenger vehicles 163,360 million
Motorcycles 2,394 million
Light commerical vehicles 42,715 million
Rigid trucks 9,011 million
Articulated trucks 6,917 million
Non-freight carrying trucks 210 million
Buses 2,024 million
Total 226,632 million

There were 16 million motor vehicles registered in Australian in 2010, an increase of 1.6 million vehicles on the road from 2006. The average vehicle in 2010 travelled 14,164 kilometers a year, or 38.8 kilometers a day.

2014

Vehicle Type Kilometres Travelled
Passenger vehicles 176,805 million
Motorcycles 2,162 million
Light commerical vehicles 45,540 million
Rigid trucks 9,394 million
Articulated trucks 7,820 million
Non-freight carrying trucks 346 million
Buses 2,304 million
Total 244,369 million

There were 17.7 million motor vehicles registered in Australia in 2014, an increase of 1.7 million vehicles on the road from 2010. The average vehicle in 2014 travelled 13,806 kilometers a year, or 37.8 kilometers a day.

Business & Private use

Vehicle Type Kilometres Travelled
Passenger vehicles 179.8 million
Motorcycles 2.2 million
Light commerical vehicles 52.3 million
Rigid trucks 10.3 million
Articulated trucks 7.9 million
Non-freight carrying trucks 313,000
Buses 2.3 million
Total 255 million

Australian drivers travelled the furthest for personal use in 2018, with personal use kilometers travelled making up 44.4% of the total kilometers travelled. This was then followed by kilometers travelled for business use at 34.9% and finally commuting to and from work at 20.7%.

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