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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2009–10  
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TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT

Registered motor vehicles

There were 15.7 million motor vehicles (excluding tractors, plant and equipment, caravans and trailers) registered in Australia at 31 March 2009 (table 24.27). Almost eight out of every ten vehicles are passenger vehicles. New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland are the states with the largest number of vehicles with 29%, 26% and 21% of the total vehicle fleet respectively.

24.27 REGISTERED MOTOR VEHICLES - 31 March 2009

Trucks

Passenger vehicles(a)
Light commercial vehicles
Rigid
Articulated
Non-freight carrying
Buses
Motor cycles
Total(b)
’000
’000
’000
’000
’000
’000
’000
’000

New South Wales
3 612
631
119
17
4
22
163
4 567
Victoria
3 189
526
99
24
6
18
148
4 010
Queensland
2 373
617
99
18
5
19
152
3 283
South Australia
963
159
28
7
2
5
45
1 209
Western Australia
1 353
300
59
12
4
13
87
1 828
Tasmania
290
82
11
2
1
2
13
401
Northern Territory
81
33
4
1
-
3
5
129
Australian Capital Territory
209
23
2
-
-
1
11
247
Australia
12 070
2 371
422
81
22
84
624
15 674

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
(a) Includes campervans.
(b) Excludes tractors, plant and equipment, caravans and trailers.
Source: ABS Motor Vehicle Census, Australia (9309.0).


The average age of the Australian motor vehicle fleet at 31 March 2009 was 10 years (table 24.28). Tasmania recorded the highest average age (12 years) while New South Wales, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory recorded the lowest average age (9 years). Of the different vehicle types, campervans had the oldest average age (18 years), while motorcycles recorded the lowest (9 years).

24.28 ESTIMATED AVERAGE AGE OF THE VEHICLE FLEET(a) - 31 March 2009

state/territory of registration

Type of vehicle
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
Aust.

Passenger vehicles
9.2
10.1
9.3
10.9
9.7
11.5
8.6
9.4
9.7
Campervans
16.7
18.0
14.8
21.7
21.4
20.5
20.2
19.8
18.1
Light commercial vehicles
10.1
11.2
9.8
11.2
10.5
12.6
8.9
9.6
10.4
Light rigid trucks
10.8
11.2
10.2
11.5
11.3
15.3
10.0
10.3
10.9
Heavy rigid trucks
14.0
17.1
13.7
16.7
17.1
16.7
12.6
10.9
15.4
Articulated trucks
10.0
11.2
10.2
10.7
11.7
9.4
12.1
8.4
10.7
Non-freight carrying trucks
12.5
15.6
10.6
15.0
15.8
15.8
13.9
13.0
13.9
Buses
11.3
11.4
10.1
11.8
10.9
14.9
8.4
11.3
11.0
Motor cycles
8.4
9.0
8.2
(b)8.3
9.8
10.0
6.7
8.5
8.7
Total
9.4
10.4
9.5
11.0
10.1
11.9
8.8
9.4
9.9

(a) Excludes plant and equipment, caravans and trailers.
(b) Year of manufacture is not well reported for South Australian motor cycles.
Source: ABS Motor Vehicle Census, Australia (9309.0).


The number of motor vehicles registered at 31 March 2009 represents 720 registrations per 1,000 people (graph 24.29). In 2009, the rate was highest for Western Australia - 822 registrations per 1,000 people.

24.29 motor vehicles on register(a), per 1,000 persons - 31 March 2009
Graph: 24.29 motor vehicles on register(a), per 1,000 persons—31 March 2009

24.30 AUSTRALIAN TRADING FLEET - 30 June

2005
2006
2007
2008

Ships no.
107
105
96
94
Deadweight(a) '000 tonnes
3 315
3 041
3 032
2 681
Gross tonnage(b) '000 tonnes
2 472
2 369
2 311
2 142

(a) Weight that a vessel can carry, including cargo, bunkers, water and stores.
(b) Measure of the internal capacity of a ship (in tonnes) that is available within the hull and enclosed spaces for cargo, stores, passenger and crew.
Source: Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics.

24.31 registered aircraft(a) - at 31 December
Graph: 24.31 registered aircraft(a)—at 31 December



Shipping fleet

The Australian trading fleet consists of cargo vessels owned and/or operated by Australian companies to and from Australia. The fleet includes vessels that carry cargo and passengers, but does not include vessels that carry passengers only. This fleet decreased from 107 ships in 2005 to 94 ships in 2008 (table 24.30). Deadweight tonnes has fallen from 3.3 million tonnes in 2005 to 2.7 million tonnes in 2008. Gross tonnage fell from 2.5 million tonnes in 2005 to 2.1 million tonnes in 2008.


Aircraft fleet

There were 13,459 aircraft in the Australian Civil Aircraft Register at 31 December 2008, including 10,364 aeroplanes, 1,619 helicopters and 338 balloons (graph 24.31).



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