Australia
Number of cars per household

Analysis of car ownership in 2011, 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?'

Households

Car ownership
Australia20112006Change
Number of carsNumber%Greater Capital Cities %Number%Greater Capital Cities %2006 to 2011
No motor vehicles686,7978.49.3699,9499.210.0-13,152
1 motor vehicle2,845,72534.834.92,670,32835.235.0+175,397
2 motor vehicles2,827,58634.634.32,557,02933.733.4+270,557
3 or more motor vehicles1,287,62315.715.11,075,71614.213.6+211,907
Not stated534,0196.56.4593,1607.88.0-59,141

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Car ownership, 2011
Car ownership, 2011 Not stated, Greater Capital Cities: 6.4% 3 or more motor vehicles, Greater Capital Cities: 15.1% 2 motor vehicles, Greater Capital Cities: 34.3% 1 motor vehicle, Greater Capital Cities: 34.9% No motor vehicles, Greater Capital Cities: 9.3% Not stated, Australia: 6.5% 3 or more motor vehicles, Australia: 15.7% 2 motor vehicles, Australia: 34.6% 1 motor vehicle, Australia: 34.8% No motor vehicles, Australia: 8.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in car ownership, 2006 to 2011
Change in car ownership, 2006 to 2011 Not stated, Australia: -59,141 3 or more motor vehicles, Australia: +211,907 2 motor vehicles, Australia: +270,557 1 motor vehicle, Australia: +175,397 No motor vehicles, Australia: -13,152
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

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.

Emerging groups

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)

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