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Victoria

Method of travel to work

In Victoria 114,653 people rode their bike or walked to work in 2011.

Victoria'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
Victoria - Employed persons (Enumerated)20112006Change
Main method of travelNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2006 to 2011
Train199,7917.96.3147,8286.55.3+51,963
Bus33,6881.33.524,6901.13.1+8,998
Tram or Ferry43,7341.70.634,0311.50.5+9,703
Taxi4,9730.20.24,7660.20.2+207
Car - as driver1,551,75161.660.31,391,33161.559.4+160,420
Car - as passenger115,7484.65.3110,6354.95.9+5,113
Truck19,9710.81.022,6851.01.3-2,714
Motorbike10,5930.40.610,7980.50.7-205
Bicycle30,7631.21.025,1181.11.0+5,645
Walked only83,8903.33.781,2333.64.0+2,657
Other28,2121.11.322,7161.01.1+5,496
Worked at home108,6914.34.4104,1824.64.7+4,509
Did not go to work248,3879.910.2240,20210.610.9+8,185
Not stated39,9491.61.542,9261.91.8-2,977

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, Australia: 6.3% Bus, Australia: 3.5% Tram or Ferry, Australia: 0.6% Taxi, Australia: 0.2% Car - as driver, Australia: 60.3% Car - as passenger, Australia: 5.3% Truck, Australia: 1.0% Motorbike, Australia: 0.6% Bicycle, Australia: 1.0% Walked only, Australia: 3.7% Other, Australia: 1.3% Worked at home, Australia: 4.4% Did not go to work, Australia: 10.2% Not stated, Australia: 1.5% Train, Victoria: 7.9% Bus, Victoria: 1.3% Tram or Ferry, Victoria: 1.7% Taxi, Victoria: 0.2% Car - as driver, Victoria: 61.6% Car - as passenger, Victoria: 4.6% Truck, Victoria: 0.8% Motorbike, Victoria: 0.4% Bicycle, Victoria: 1.2% Walked only, Victoria: 3.3% Other, Victoria: 1.1% Worked at home, Victoria: 4.3% Did not go to work, Victoria: 9.9% Not stated, Victoria: 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, Victoria: +51,963 Bus, Victoria: +8,998 Tram or Ferry, Victoria: +9,703 Taxi, Victoria: +207 Car - as driver, Victoria: +160,420 Car - as passenger, Victoria: +5,113 Truck, Victoria: -2,714 Motorbike, Victoria: -205 Bicycle, Victoria: +5,645 Walked only, Victoria: +2,657 Other, Victoria: +5,496 Worked at home, Victoria: +4,509 Did not go to work, Victoria: +8,185 Not stated, Victoria: -2,977
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 277,213 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Victoria, compared with 1,698,063 who drove in private vehicles (car – as driver, car – as passenger, motorbike, or truck).

Analysis of the method of travel to work of the residents in Victoria in 2011, compared to Australia, shows that 11.0% used public transport, while 67.4% used a private vehicle, compared with 10.3% and 67.3% respectively in Australia.

The major differences in persons between the method of travel to work of Victoria and Australia were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by train (7.9% compared to 6.3%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by car (as driver) (61.6% compared to 60.3%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by tram or ferry (1.7% compared to 0.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who travelled by bus (1.3% compared to 3.5%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Victoria increased by 257,000 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Car - as driver (+160,420 persons)
  • Train (+51,963 persons)
  • Tram or Ferry (+9,703 persons)
  • Bus (+8,998 persons)

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