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Regional Development Australia

Fuel economy of Australian passenger vehicles— a regional perspective

29 August 2017

For the information of RDA Committees and their stakeholders

The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) has released an information sheet which presents Australian data on how realised rates of fuel consumption vary over time, and how the rates depend on key vehicle characteristics such as number of cylinders, fuel type and vehicle age.

It also investigates state/territory differences in fuel economy and presents new small area estimates of the average rate of fuel consumption for Australia's regions.

These small area estimates are based on the composition of the passenger vehicle and motorcycle fleet in the region, and are derived at both the Statistical Area Level 3 (SA3) and Statistical Area Level 4 (SA4) scale. The key data sources are the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Survey of Motor Vehicle Use (SMVU) 2016 and the ABS Census of Motor Vehicles 2016.