Rail Accident Fatalities: Australia compared with other OECD countries, 1980-99


(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 include:

  • Transport accident fatalities: Australia compared with other OECD countries, 1980-1999
  • Cross-modal safety comparisons
Type: Safety Education Material
Publication date: 1 February 2004
Last update 07 April 2014
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