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Tasmania

Method of travel to work

In Tasmania 12,015 people rode their bike or walked to work in 2011.

Tasmania'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
Tasmania - Employed persons (Enumerated)20112006Change
Main method of travelNumber%Victoria %Number%Victoria %2006 to 2011
Train290.07.9600.06.5-31
Bus6,4693.01.35,7152.81.1+754
Tram or Ferry510.01.7660.01.5-15
Taxi5390.30.24560.20.2+83
Car - as driver136,86463.661.6125,39261.861.5+11,472
Car - as passenger14,7266.84.614,4197.14.9+307
Truck2,0240.90.82,5421.31.0-518
Motorbike1,1420.50.41,0830.50.5+59
Bicycle1,3550.61.21,4800.71.1-125
Walked only10,6605.03.311,3735.63.6-713
Other2,7671.31.12,3651.21.0+402
Worked at home9,6524.54.39,6354.74.6+17
Did not go to work25,80412.09.924,53112.110.6+1,273
Not stated3,1091.41.63,7501.81.9-641

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, Tasmania: 0.0% Bus, Tasmania: 3.0% Tram or Ferry, Tasmania: 0.0% Taxi, Tasmania: 0.3% Car - as driver, Tasmania: 63.6% Car - as passenger, Tasmania: 6.8% Truck, Tasmania: 0.9% Motorbike, Tasmania: 0.5% Bicycle, Tasmania: 0.6% Walked only, Tasmania: 5.0% Other, Tasmania: 1.3% Worked at home, Tasmania: 4.5% Did not go to work, Tasmania: 12.0% Not stated, Tasmania: 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, Tasmania: -31 Bus, Tasmania: +754 Tram or Ferry, Tasmania: -15 Taxi, Tasmania: +83 Car - as driver, Tasmania: +11,472 Car - as passenger, Tasmania: +307 Truck, Tasmania: -518 Motorbike, Tasmania: +59 Bicycle, Tasmania: -125 Walked only, Tasmania: -713 Other, Tasmania: +402 Worked at home, Tasmania: +17 Did not go to work, Tasmania: +1,273 Not stated, Tasmania: -641
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 6,549 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Tasmania, compared with 154,756 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 Tasmania in 2011, compared to Victoria, shows that 3.0% used public transport, while 71.9% 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 Tasmania and Victoria were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by car (as a passenger) (6.8% compared to 4.6%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who did not go to work (12.0% compared to 9.9%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by car (as driver) (63.6% compared to 61.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who travelled by train (0.0% compared to 7.9%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Tasmania increased by 12,324 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Car - as driver (+11,472 persons)
  • Did not go to work (+1,273 persons)
  • Bus (+754 persons)
  • Walked only (-713 persons)

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