A hospitalised injury is defined as an injury which results in the person being confirmed admitted to hospital, and subsequently discharged alive either on the same day or after one or more nights stay in a hospital bed (i.e. deaths are excluded). Transfers between hospitals are only counted once.
This interactive dashboard and data tables show data on hospitalised injuries from road crashes in Australia from 2011 to 2021, including details on year, remoteness, road user and vehicle type, sex, age group and counterparty.
The department is managing an Austroads project to develop a national source of serious injury data by linking hospital and crash data from state and territory health and transport agencies.
Hospital data does not provide information about the crash, which is needed to target road safety measures, and police-provided crash data does not give the medical assessment of injury severity, nor does it include serious injuries that have not been reported to police. Linking these sources has potential to create a richer data set to enhance analysis and research to improve road safety outcomes.
A severe injury is defined as an injury where an admitted patient scores high on the Injury Severity Score (>12).
The interactive dashboard presents 2020 annual severe injuries from road crashes by state and territory, road user, sex and age group. Bi-annual severe injuries from road crashes data tables are available from July 2017 to June 2021. Data is sourced from the Australia New Zealand Trauma Registry.