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Western Australia

Method of travel to work

In Western Australia 48,188 people rode their bike or walked to work in 2011.

Western 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
Western Australia - Employed persons (Enumerated)20112006Change
Main method of travelNumber%Australia %Number%Australia %2006 to 2011
Train56,4725.16.329,9193.25.3+26,553
Bus47,3634.33.536,9763.93.1+10,387
Tram or Ferry4280.00.63240.00.5+104
Taxi2,3030.20.21,9220.20.2+381
Car - as driver664,78660.260.3570,74860.959.4+94,038
Car - as passenger64,2575.85.359,1256.35.9+5,132
Truck10,5961.01.010,9601.21.3-364
Motorbike6,5320.60.65,1990.60.7+1,333
Bicycle11,7791.11.09,3111.01.0+2,468
Walked only36,4093.33.731,8603.44.0+4,549
Other23,1482.11.314,5921.61.1+8,556
Worked at home43,8184.04.441,3404.44.7+2,478
Did not go to work121,04511.010.2109,05211.610.9+11,993
Not stated15,1681.41.516,5511.81.8-1,383

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, Western Australia: 5.1% Bus, Western Australia: 4.3% Tram or Ferry, Western Australia: 0.0% Taxi, Western Australia: 0.2% Car - as driver, Western Australia: 60.2% Car - as passenger, Western Australia: 5.8% Truck, Western Australia: 1.0% Motorbike, Western Australia: 0.6% Bicycle, Western Australia: 1.1% Walked only, Western Australia: 3.3% Other, Western Australia: 2.1% Worked at home, Western Australia: 4.0% Did not go to work, Western Australia: 11.0% Not stated, Western 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, Western Australia: +26,553 Bus, Western Australia: +10,387 Tram or Ferry, Western Australia: +104 Taxi, Western Australia: +381 Car - as driver, Western Australia: +94,038 Car - as passenger, Western Australia: +5,132 Truck, Western Australia: -364 Motorbike, Western Australia: +1,333 Bicycle, Western Australia: +2,468 Walked only, Western Australia: +4,549 Other, Western Australia: +8,556 Worked at home, Western Australia: +2,478 Did not go to work, Western Australia: +11,993 Not stated, Western Australia: -1,383
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 104,263 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Western Australia, compared with 746,171 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 Western Australia in 2011, compared to Australia, shows that 9.4% used public transport, while 67.6% used a private vehicle, compared with 10.3% and 67.3% respectively in Australia.

The major difference in persons between the method of travel to work of Western Australia and Australia was:

  • A smaller percentage of persons who travelled by train (5.1% compared to 6.3%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Western Australia increased by 166,225 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Car - as driver (+94,038 persons)
  • Train (+26,553 persons)
  • Did not go to work (+11,993 persons)
  • Bus (+10,387 persons)

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