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Greater Melbourne

Method of travel to work

In Greater Melbourne 36,044 females 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 females (Enumerated)20112006Change
Main method of travelNumber%Victoria %Number%Victoria %2006 to 2011
Train91,69010.28.169,8878.96.8+21,803
Bus16,0621.81.611,6211.51.3+4,441
Tram or Ferry23,6642.62.018,4822.31.8+5,182
Taxi1,4480.20.21,4290.20.2+19
Car - as driver501,91056.057.6443,31456.257.1+58,596
Car - as passenger47,6165.35.444,9715.75.7+2,645
Truck2910.00.04330.10.1-142
Motorbike8850.10.18800.10.1+5
Bicycle7,0780.80.74,6800.60.5+2,398
Walked only28,9663.23.526,7513.43.9+2,215
Other7,2920.80.85,6030.70.7+1,689
Worked at home40,1444.55.035,4664.55.3+4,678
Did not go to work114,98612.813.4110,09214.014.5+4,894
Not stated13,8261.51.615,2631.91.9-1,437

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: 8.1% Bus, Victoria: 1.6% Tram or Ferry, Victoria: 2.0% Taxi, Victoria: 0.2% Car - as driver, Victoria: 57.6% Car - as passenger, Victoria: 5.4% Truck, Victoria: 0.0% Motorbike, Victoria: 0.1% Bicycle, Victoria: 0.7% Walked only, Victoria: 3.5% Other, Victoria: 0.8% Worked at home, Victoria: 5.0% Did not go to work, Victoria: 13.4% Not stated, Victoria: 1.6% Train, Greater Melbourne: 10.2% Bus, Greater Melbourne: 1.8% Tram or Ferry, Greater Melbourne: 2.6% Taxi, Greater Melbourne: 0.2% Car - as driver, Greater Melbourne: 56.0% Car - as passenger, Greater Melbourne: 5.3% Truck, Greater Melbourne: 0.0% Motorbike, Greater Melbourne: 0.1% Bicycle, Greater Melbourne: 0.8% Walked only, Greater Melbourne: 3.2% Other, Greater Melbourne: 0.8% Worked at home, Greater Melbourne: 4.5% Did not go to work, Greater Melbourne: 12.8% Not stated, Greater Melbourne: 1.5%
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: +21,803 Bus, Greater Melbourne: +4,441 Tram or Ferry, Greater Melbourne: +5,182 Taxi, Greater Melbourne: +19 Car - as driver, Greater Melbourne: +58,596 Car - as passenger, Greater Melbourne: +2,645 Truck, Greater Melbourne: -142 Motorbike, Greater Melbourne: +5 Bicycle, Greater Melbourne: +2,398 Walked only, Greater Melbourne: +2,215 Other, Greater Melbourne: +1,689 Worked at home, Greater Melbourne: +4,678 Did not go to work, Greater Melbourne: +4,894 Not stated, Greater Melbourne: -1,437
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 131,416 females who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Greater Melbourne, compared with 550,702 who drove in private vehicles (car – as driver, car – as passenger, motorbike, or truck).

Analysis of the method of travel to work of the female residents in Greater Melbourne in 2011, compared to Victoria, shows that 14.7% used public transport, while 61.5% used a private vehicle, compared with 11.7% and 63.1% respectively in Victoria.

The major differences in females between the method of travel to work of Greater Melbourne and Victoria were:

  • A larger percentage of females who travelled by train (10.2% compared to 8.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of females who travelled by car (as driver) (56.0% compared to 57.6%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed females in Greater Melbourne increased by 106,986 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Car - as driver (+58,596 females)
  • Train (+21,803 females)
  • Tram or Ferry (+5,182 females)
  • Did not go to work (+4,894 females)

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