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Greater Melbourne

Method of travel to work

In Greater Melbourne 46,187 males rode their bike or walked to work in 2011.

Greater Melbourne's commuting statistics reveal the main modes of transport by which residents get to work. There are a number of reasons why people use different modes of transport to get to work including the availability of affordable and effective public transport options, the number of motor vehicles available within a household, and the distance travelled to work.

Commuting data is very useful in transport planning as it informs decision-makers about the availability, effectiveness and utilisation of local transport options, particularly when analysed with Residents Place of Work data and Car Ownership.

Derived from the Census question:

'How did the person get to work on Tuesday, 9 August 2011?'

Employed persons (aged 15 years and over)

Method of travel to work
Greater Melbourne - Employed males (Enumerated)20112006Change
Main method of travelNumber%Victoria %Number%Victoria %2006 to 2011
Train100,3729.87.874,0788.16.3+26,294
Bus13,0371.31.19,4631.00.9+3,574
Tram or Ferry19,8081.91.515,1831.71.3+4,625
Taxi2,6670.30.22,3760.30.2+291
Car - as driver662,26664.665.1598,71265.565.2+63,554
Car - as passenger35,8783.53.935,1343.84.2+744
Truck13,8851.41.515,4471.71.8-1,562
Motorbike6,9990.70.76,8930.80.8+106
Bicycle18,4941.81.714,2331.61.6+4,261
Walked only27,6932.73.124,9742.73.3+2,719
Other12,7181.21.410,4401.11.3+2,278
Worked at home30,5073.03.727,1533.04.0+3,354
Did not go to work64,8226.36.762,7586.97.2+2,064
Not stated16,0091.61.617,1421.91.9-1,133

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

Method of travel to work, 2011
Method of travel to work, 2011 Train, Victoria: 7.8% Bus, Victoria: 1.1% Tram or Ferry, Victoria: 1.5% Taxi, Victoria: 0.2% Car - as driver, Victoria: 65.1% Car - as passenger, Victoria: 3.9% Truck, Victoria: 1.5% Motorbike, Victoria: 0.7% Bicycle, Victoria: 1.7% Walked only, Victoria: 3.1% Other, Victoria: 1.4% Worked at home, Victoria: 3.7% Did not go to work, Victoria: 6.7% Not stated, Victoria: 1.6% Train, Greater Melbourne: 9.8% Bus, Greater Melbourne: 1.3% Tram or Ferry, Greater Melbourne: 1.9% Taxi, Greater Melbourne: 0.3% Car - as driver, Greater Melbourne: 64.6% Car - as passenger, Greater Melbourne: 3.5% Truck, Greater Melbourne: 1.4% Motorbike, Greater Melbourne: 0.7% Bicycle, Greater Melbourne: 1.8% Walked only, Greater Melbourne: 2.7% Other, Greater Melbourne: 1.2% Worked at home, Greater Melbourne: 3.0% Did not go to work, Greater Melbourne: 6.3% Not stated, Greater Melbourne: 1.6%
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 method of travel to work, 2006 to 2011
Change in method of travel to work, 2006 to 2011 Train, Greater Melbourne: +26,294 Bus, Greater Melbourne: +3,574 Tram or Ferry, Greater Melbourne: +4,625 Taxi, Greater Melbourne: +291 Car - as driver, Greater Melbourne: +63,554 Car - as passenger, Greater Melbourne: +744 Truck, Greater Melbourne: -1,562 Motorbike, Greater Melbourne: +106 Bicycle, Greater Melbourne: +4,261 Walked only, Greater Melbourne: +2,719 Other, Greater Melbourne: +2,278 Worked at home, Greater Melbourne: +3,354 Did not go to work, Greater Melbourne: +2,064 Not stated, Greater Melbourne: -1,133
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

In 2011, there were 133,217 males who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Greater Melbourne, compared with 719,028 who drove in private vehicles (car – as driver, car – as passenger, motorbike, or truck).

Analysis of the method of travel to work of the male residents in Greater Melbourne in 2011, compared to Victoria, shows that 13.0% used public transport, while 70.1% used a private vehicle, compared with 10.4% and 71.1% respectively in Victoria.

The major difference in males between the method of travel to work of Greater Melbourne and Victoria was:

  • A larger percentage of males who travelled by train (9.8% compared to 7.8%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed males in Greater Melbourne increased by 111,167 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in the method of travel to work by male resident population in Greater Melbourne between 2006 and 2011 were for those nominated:

  • Car - as driver (+63,554 males)
  • Train (+26,294 males)
  • Tram or Ferry (+4,625 males)
  • Bicycle (+4,261 males)

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