State of Origin: NSW vs QLD on road facts

With the deciding State of Origin match just around the corner, we take a look at the differences between the two states based upon on-road statistics.

New South Wales and Queensland go head-to-head based on their roads; uploaded by User: Specialwindler,_Sydney%29_2.jpg?uselang=en-gb

This Wednesday night finale will be a titanic struggle for supremacy. Are New South Wales poised to break their prolonged drought? Or will Queensland make it an eighth straight series win, ensuring their legacy as one of the greatest Origin teams ever. We take a step back from the field to see how the two states shape up on a very different type of surface: the road. It's a clash with pride, honour and bragging rights on the line to see who will win the State of Origin on our roads.

Number of cars

New South Wales led the greatest number of vehicle numbers with 4.9 million or 29.1% of all registered Australian vehicles in 2012i. Queensland sits in 3rd position, behind Victoria, with 3.5 million vehicles (20.9%)i. These numbers don't take into account the populations of the states so to determine the winner we will look at the relative increases over time and registered vehicles per 1000 people. From 2007 to 2012, the average growth rate of registered cars per year was 3% in Queensland compared with 2.3% in New South Walesi. In 2012, Queensland had 774 registered vehicles per 1000 people compared with 672 in New South Walesii. QLD stays in contention with vehicle growth rate, but NSW does well for lower vehicles per capita, suggesting greater vehicle utilisation and public transport use.

Verdict: Draw.


Queensland narrowly takes this one with 3.39 thefts per 1000 registrations in 2012iii with New South Wales trailing slightly behind at 3.74 thefts per 1000 registrationsiii. However, from 2008 to 2012, New South Wales has reduced total thefts from 5.41 to 3.74 per 1000 registered vehicles and Queensland theft levels have risen from 2.76 to 3.39iii. Queensland still asserts its dominance in this category, as it does on the field with seven straight series winsiv, but New South Wales are hot on their heels.

Verdict: QLD wins for having slightly less total thefts per 1000 vehicles.

Method of transport to school

New South Wales's top three transport methods for students travelling to school are car (40%), bus (31%) and on foot (29.7%)v. Queensland's top three are the same but with a greater proportion of students travelling by car (49.6%) at the expense of bus travel (25.1%) and walking (16.5%)v. This means New South Wales edges out Queensland in terms of more environmentally friendly ways to travel. New South Wales also conquers Queensland since their transport is more affordable. Households spend an average of $193 per week on transport in Sydney (NSW) compared to Brisbane's (QLD) $201 per week in 2010vi.

Verdict: NSW wins for greater environmental practices and affordability.

Stamp duty

In New South Wales, stamp duty is 3% for vehicles costing up to $45,000 and 5% for the amount over $45,000vii. In Queensland, stamp duty is 2% for hybrid or electric vehicles, 3% for 1 to 4 cylinder vehicles, 3.5% for 5 to 6 cylinder vehicles and 4% for 7 or more cylinder vehiclesviii. Your choice of car will determine which state wins this one.

Verdict: Draw.


It's a draw for NSW and QLD with both states displaying strengths and weaknesses in a range of road and transport areas. It looks like the status quo remains and it will be down to the players on the field to determine which state is dominant.

i Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2012, 9309.0 Motor Vehicle Census, Australia, 31 Jan 2012, viewed 8 July 2013,

ii Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2012, 9309.0 Motor Vehicle Census, Australia, 31 Jan 2012, viewed 10 July 2013,$File/93090_31%20jan%202012.pdf

iii National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council 2013, Quick Stats, viewed 8 July 2013,

iv National Library of Australia 2013, Queensland State of Origin: 7 winning series, viewed 9 July 2013,

v Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2011, Method of travel to school in 2011, viewed 8 July 2013,$FILE/ATTUSIKF.pdf/oneBigInfographic_%286%29_horizontal.pdf

vi Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), 6530.0 Household Expenditure Survey 2009-10, viewed 8 July 2013,$File/65300_2009-10.pdf

vii Roads & Maritime Services 2012, Stamp duty, viewed 8 July 2013,

viii Office of State Revenue 2013, Rates of duty, viewed 8 July 2013,