(a report produced and published by the Australian Transport
Safety Bureau, Canberra, Feb 2004)

The purpose of this publication is to examine trends in the
numbers of railway accident deaths in Australia in the 1980s and
1990s in the light of comparable data from other countries that are
members of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and
Development (OECD). Overall, the data indicate that in the period
from 1980 to 1999 Australia's rail safety improvement compared
favourably with that of other OECD countries and performance
reached OECD median levels in the 1990s.

Data for this publication have been obtained from the World
Health Organisation's 'Mortality Database' but responsibility for
the analyses presented here rests solely with the ATSB.

The OECD was formed in 1961 to promote economic cooperation and
development among its members. Current member states are Australia,
Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France,
Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, South
Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway,
Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the
United Kingdom and the United States.

In addition to those on the ATSB web site under Rail Safety /
Statistics, other publications by the ATSB on related topics

  • Transport accident fatalities: Australia compared with
    other OECD countries, 1980-1999
  • Cross-modal safety comparisons
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