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Queensland

Method of travel to work

In Queensland 97,482 people rode their bike or walked to work in 2011.

Queensland'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
Queensland - Employed persons (Enumerated)20112006Change
Main method of travelNumber%Victoria %Number%Victoria %2006 to 2011
Train70,9643.57.956,7893.16.5+14,175
Bus78,3993.81.359,3263.21.1+19,073
Tram or Ferry2,9830.11.73,0000.21.5-17
Taxi4,3610.20.24,4810.20.2-120
Car - as driver1,249,99360.961.61,092,40159.461.5+157,592
Car - as passenger125,1606.14.6123,5526.74.9+1,608
Truck25,6941.30.829,3251.61.0-3,631
Motorbike19,1490.90.420,0831.10.5-934
Bicycle21,6461.11.220,6351.11.1+1,011
Walked only75,8363.73.372,9184.03.6+2,918
Other29,3481.41.123,3081.31.0+6,040
Worked at home99,8314.94.394,0855.14.6+5,746
Did not go to work219,43810.79.9209,30411.410.6+10,134
Not stated29,4721.41.631,1361.71.9-1,664

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: 7.9% 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% Train, Queensland: 3.5% Bus, Queensland: 3.8% Tram or Ferry, Queensland: 0.1% Taxi, Queensland: 0.2% Car - as driver, Queensland: 60.9% Car - as passenger, Queensland: 6.1% Truck, Queensland: 1.3% Motorbike, Queensland: 0.9% Bicycle, Queensland: 1.1% Walked only, Queensland: 3.7% Other, Queensland: 1.4% Worked at home, Queensland: 4.9% Did not go to work, Queensland: 10.7% Not stated, Queensland: 1.4%
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 method of travel to work, 2006 to 2011
Change in method of travel to work, 2006 to 2011 Train, Queensland: +14,175 Bus, Queensland: +19,073 Tram or Ferry, Queensland: -17 Taxi, Queensland: -120 Car - as driver, Queensland: +157,592 Car - as passenger, Queensland: +1,608 Truck, Queensland: -3,631 Motorbike, Queensland: -934 Bicycle, Queensland: +1,011 Walked only, Queensland: +2,918 Other, Queensland: +6,040 Worked at home, Queensland: +5,746 Did not go to work, Queensland: +10,134 Not stated, Queensland: -1,664
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 152,346 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Queensland, compared with 1,419,996 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 Queensland in 2011, compared to Victoria, shows that 7.4% used public transport, while 69.2% used a private vehicle, compared with 11.0% and 67.4% respectively in Victoria.

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

  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by bus (3.8% compared to 1.3%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by car (as a passenger) (6.1% compared to 4.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who travelled by train (3.5% compared to 7.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who travelled by tram or ferry (0.1% compared to 1.7%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Queensland increased by 211,931 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Car - as driver (+157,592 persons)
  • Bus (+19,073 persons)
  • Train (+14,175 persons)
  • Did not go to work (+10,134 persons)

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