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Number of cars per household


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Analysis of car ownership in 2016, indicates 51% of households in Australia had access to two or more motor vehicles, compared to 53% in Greater Darwin.

The ability of the population to access services and employment is strongly influenced by access to transport. The number of motor vehicles per household in Australia quantifies access to private transport and will be influenced by Age Structure and Household Type, which determine the number of adults present; access to Public Transport; distance to shops, services, employment and education; and Household Income. Depending on these factors, car ownership can be seen as a measure of advantage or disadvantage, or a neutral socio-economic measure, which impacts on the environment and quality of life.

Derived from the Census question:

'How many registered motor vehicles owned or used by residents of this dwelling were garaged or parked at or near this dwelling on the night of Tuesday, 9 August 2016?'


Car ownership
Australia - Households (Enumerated)20162011Change
Number of carsNumber%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2011 to 2016
No motor vehicles643,3047.35.1686,7978.46.4-43,493
1 motor vehicle2,945,02233.228.32,845,72534.830.5+99,297
2 motor vehicles3,025,45434.134.42,827,58634.633.7+197,868
3 or more motor vehicles1,505,37417.018.31,287,62315.716.7+217,751
Not stated742,4678.414.0534,0196.512.7+208,448

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Car ownership, 2016
Car ownership, 2016 Not stated, Greater Darwin: 14.0% 3 or more motor vehicles, Greater Darwin: 18.3% 2 motor vehicles, Greater Darwin: 34.4% 1 motor vehicle, Greater Darwin: 28.3% No motor vehicles, Greater Darwin: 5.1% Not stated, Australia: 8.4% 3 or more motor vehicles, Australia: 17.0% 2 motor vehicles, Australia: 34.1% 1 motor vehicle, Australia: 33.2% No motor vehicles, Australia: 7.3%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.
Change in car ownership, 2011 to 2016
Change in car ownership, 2011 to 2016 Not stated, Australia: +208,448 3 or more motor vehicles, Australia: +217,751 2 motor vehicles, Australia: +197,868 1 motor vehicle, Australia: +99,297 No motor vehicles, Australia: -43,493
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the car ownership of the households in Australia in 2016 compared to Greater Darwin shows that 84.4% of the households owned at least one car, while 7.3% did not, compared with 81.0% and 5.1% respectively in Greater Darwin.

Of those that owned at least one vehicle, there was a larger proportion who owned just one car; a similar proportion who owned two cars; and a smaller proportion who owned three cars or more.

Overall, 33.2% of the households owned one car; 34.1% owned two cars; and 17.0% owned three cars or more, compared with 28.3%; 34.4% and 18.3% respectively for Greater Darwin.

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the household car ownership in Australia between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • 3 or more motor vehicles (+217,751 households)
  • 2 motor vehicles (+197,868 households)
  • 1 motor vehicle (+99,297 households)
  • No motor vehicles (-43,493 households)

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