Road use & performance

The information below provides an interesting picture of the amount of traffic on our roads, the way people use the road network, and how this has changed over time.

Traffic Volume Information [XLS 9.9 Mb] contains traffic volumes for freeways (excluding toll roads) and arterial roads in Victoria. This information comes from surveys and estimates and covers the period of the last 4 years and 10 years.

The Average Annual Daily Traffic (AADT) volumes are also provided in this document which includes the number of commercial vehicles.

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Detailed traffic information

If you require more detailed traffic information, VicRoads is able to provide the following reports for a fee. Please submit all traffic data requests to [email protected]

  1. Raw unvalidated traffic signal (SCATS) dat [XLS 227 Kb] - 15 minute data
  2. Validated traffic signal (SCATS) data [XLS 1.2 Mb] - hourly data.
  3. Hourly volume data [XLS 1.2 Mb] for a given segment of road. Classification data provided, if available.
  4. Turning movement data [XLS 135 Kb] - including classification data, if available.
Information required for reports

In your request, additional lines must be placed underneath as per examples below.

Report 1 – SiteNumber,DateFrom,DateTo

Line one: 2754,17/06/2012,06/07/2012 (comma separated)
Line two: 0935,05/02/2012,09/06/2012 (comma separated)

Report 2 – SiteNumber,DateFrom,DateTo

Line one: 1785,02/10/2012,09/10/2012 (comma separated)
Line two: 1895,18/07/2012,10/01/2013 (comma separated)

Report 3 – HomogenousFlowNumber,Year

Line one: 134,2009 (comma separated)
Line two: 186,2012 (comma separated)

Report 4 – TurningMovementSurveyLocationNumber,Year

Line one: 1352,2011 (comma separated)
Line two: 2843,2012 (comma seperated)

Report 5 - Currently being developed.

If you wish to proceed with the traffic request, please download the 'Traffic Data Disclaimer' form (below) and attach the completed form with your traffic request.

Please note
  • SiteNumber refers to a signalised intersection, commonly referred to as SCATS Number
  • HomogeneousFlowNumber or HF number refers to VicRoads internal road segment classification
  • TurningMovementSurveyLocationNumber refers to a site where a turning movement survey was undertaken.
  • Date format must be DD/MM/YYYY
Information required for data requests

SCATS site numbers:

VicRoads has bicycle counters installed across Melbourne which monitor bicycle volumes 24/7 all year round.

There are currently 32 loop counters (22 off-road sites and 10 on-road sites) recording cycling flows in both directions and distinguishing between cyclists, motorbikes, vehicles and more. Off-road counters are located on sections of roads/paths where bicycles are separated from cars, whereas on-road counters are located where cars and bicycles share the road space.

Off-road data collection is also available (External link) which provides a summary of data collected between 2010 and 2015. Map of Loop Counters [PDF 711 Kb] provides a map of the locations of the bicycle loop counters.


VicRoads has been collecting, analysing and publishing traffic performance information on freeways and arterial roads in Melbourne since 1994. As part of the national Austroads program, all metropolitan freeways and a 22% sample of arterial roads are monitored.

The results are published annually in the Traffic Monitor (Performance Monitoring Information Bulletin) which includes average travel speeds, delays by road type along with the amount of people carried per lane and the tonnes of freight per lane by road type.

To view the latest publications, use the links below.

Online Traffic Monitor

2012-2013 Performance Monitoring Information Bulletin [PDF 5.2 Mb]

2011/2012 Performance Monitoring Information Bulletin [PDF 4.2 Mb]

2010/2011 Performance Monitoring Information Bulletin [PDF 6.3 Mb]

The Journey to Work Reports provide information from the Australian Bureau of Statistics Census data about where and how people travel to work. The reports help government and planning professionals on the origins, destinations and modes of travel to work in Victoria.

Journey to Work 1996-2011, Summary statistics for Victoria [PDF 42.6 Mb]
Journey to Work 1996-2006, Summary statistics for Victoria [PDF 18.9 Mb]


Cycling to work in Melbourne census data

The Australian census takes place every 5 years and records information on transport modes for the journey to work. This report provides information on cycling trips to work in Melbourne and Regional Victoria between 1976 and 2011, including the number of cycling trips to work on each census day.

Cycling to Work in Melbourne – 1976 to 2011 [PDF  1.7 Mb]

State government surveys - VISTA

The Victorian Integrated Survey of Travel and Activity (VISTA) took place in 2007 and 2009. It provides the most up-to-date information on changes to travel behaviour in Victoria. During 2010, the then Department of Transport analysed and compared the data to provide information on changing transport habits of Victorians. The data can be accessed through the Department of Transport Planning and Local Infrastructure VISTA (External link).

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