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South Australia

Method of travel to work

In South Australia 30,381 people rode their bike or walked to work in 2011.

South Australia'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
South Australia - Employed persons (Enumerated)20112006Change
Main method of travelNumber%Victoria %Number%Victoria %2006 to 2011
Train12,0751.67.911,1591.66.5+916
Bus35,1964.81.331,7904.61.1+3,406
Tram or Ferry2,2350.31.71,3110.21.5+924
Taxi1,4810.20.21,4370.20.2+44
Car - as driver470,47164.161.6429,12862.661.5+41,343
Car - as passenger38,9375.34.638,6305.64.9+307
Truck5,8250.80.86,5831.01.0-758
Motorbike4,0330.50.44,3320.60.5-299
Bicycle7,4651.01.27,9061.21.1-441
Walked only22,9163.13.324,3193.53.6-1,403
Other10,5851.41.17,9631.21.0+2,622
Worked at home30,7664.24.330,8684.54.6-102
Did not go to work82,20211.29.978,59611.510.6+3,606
Not stated10,1821.41.611,2991.61.9-1,117

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, South Australia: 1.6% Bus, South Australia: 4.8% Tram or Ferry, South Australia: 0.3% Taxi, South Australia: 0.2% Car - as driver, South Australia: 64.1% Car - as passenger, South Australia: 5.3% Truck, South Australia: 0.8% Motorbike, South Australia: 0.5% Bicycle, South Australia: 1.0% Walked only, South Australia: 3.1% Other, South Australia: 1.4% Worked at home, South Australia: 4.2% Did not go to work, South Australia: 11.2% Not stated, South Australia: 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, South Australia: +916 Bus, South Australia: +3,406 Tram or Ferry, South Australia: +924 Taxi, South Australia: +44 Car - as driver, South Australia: +41,343 Car - as passenger, South Australia: +307 Truck, South Australia: -758 Motorbike, South Australia: -299 Bicycle, South Australia: -441 Walked only, South Australia: -1,403 Other, South Australia: +2,622 Worked at home, South Australia: -102 Did not go to work, South Australia: +3,606 Not stated, South Australia: -1,117
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 49,506 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in South Australia, compared with 519,266 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 South Australia in 2011, compared to Victoria, shows that 6.7% used public transport, while 70.7% 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 South Australia and Victoria were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by bus (4.8% compared to 1.3%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by car (as driver) (64.1% compared to 61.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who travelled by train (1.6% compared to 7.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who travelled by tram or ferry (0.3% compared to 1.7%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in South Australia increased by 49,048 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Car - as driver (+41,343 persons)
  • Did not go to work (+3,606 persons)
  • Bus (+3,406 persons)
  • Other (+2,622 persons)

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