Number of cars per household
Analysis of car ownership indicates 50% of households in the Australia had access to two or more motor vehicles, compared to 49% in Greater Capital Cities.
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 the 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 2011?'
|Number of cars||Number||%||Greater Capital Cities||Number||%||Greater Capital Cities||2006 to 2011|
|No motor vehicles||686,797||8.4||9.3||699,949||9.2||10.0||-13,152||26001|
|1 motor vehicle||2,845,725||34.8||34.9||2,670,328||35.2||35.0||+175,397||26002|
|2 motor vehicles||2,827,586||34.6||34.3||2,557,029||33.7||33.4||+270,557||26003|
|3 or more motor vehicles||1,287,623||15.7||15.1||1,075,716||14.2||13.6||+211,907||26004|
Analysis of the car ownership of the households in the Australia in 2011 compared to Greater Capital Cities shows that 85.1% of the households owned at least one car, while 8.4% did not, compared with 84.3% and 9.3% respectively in Greater Capital Cities.
Of those that owned at least one vehicle, there was a similar proportion who owned just one car; a similar proportion who owned two cars; and a larger proportion who owned three cars or more.
Overall, 34.8% of the households owned one car; 34.6% owned two cars; and 15.7% owned three cars or more, compared with 34.9%; 34.3% and 15.1% respectively for Greater Capital Cities.
The largest changes in the household car ownership in the Australia between 2006 and 2011 were:
- 2 motor vehicles (+270,557 households)
- 3 or more motor vehicles (+211,907 households)
- 1 motor vehicle (+175,397 households)
- No motor vehicles (-13,152 households)