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Australian Capital Territory

Method of travel to work

In Australian Capital Territory 12,985 people rode their bike or walked to work in 2011.

Australian Capital Territory'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
Australian Capital Territory - Employed persons (Enumerated)20112006Change
Main method of travelNumber%Victoria %Number%Victoria %2006 to 2011
Train940.07.91430.16.5-49
Bus12,9226.61.311,7076.61.1+1,215
Tram or Ferry170.01.7420.01.5-25
Taxi4670.20.25470.30.2-80
Car - as driver122,90462.861.6108,43961.361.5+14,465
Car - as passenger13,7447.04.613,2317.54.9+513
Truck1,3150.70.81,4740.81.0-159
Motorbike1,8190.90.41,7741.00.5+45
Bicycle4,6992.41.23,7582.11.1+941
Walked only8,2864.23.37,5264.33.6+760
Other2,2701.21.11,7791.01.0+491
Worked at home5,3222.74.35,2413.04.6+81
Did not go to work19,89310.29.919,02010.810.6+873
Not stated1,9971.01.62,2181.31.9-221

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, Australian Capital Territory: 0.0% Bus, Australian Capital Territory: 6.6% Tram or Ferry, Australian Capital Territory: 0.0% Taxi, Australian Capital Territory: 0.2% Car - as driver, Australian Capital Territory: 62.8% Car - as passenger, Australian Capital Territory: 7.0% Truck, Australian Capital Territory: 0.7% Motorbike, Australian Capital Territory: 0.9% Bicycle, Australian Capital Territory: 2.4% Walked only, Australian Capital Territory: 4.2% Other, Australian Capital Territory: 1.2% Worked at home, Australian Capital Territory: 2.7% Did not go to work, Australian Capital Territory: 10.2% Not stated, Australian Capital Territory: 1.0%
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, Australian Capital Territory: -49 Bus, Australian Capital Territory: +1,215 Tram or Ferry, Australian Capital Territory: -25 Taxi, Australian Capital Territory: -80 Car - as driver, Australian Capital Territory: +14,465 Car - as passenger, Australian Capital Territory: +513 Truck, Australian Capital Territory: -159 Motorbike, Australian Capital Territory: +45 Bicycle, Australian Capital Territory: +941 Walked only, Australian Capital Territory: +760 Other, Australian Capital Territory: +491 Worked at home, Australian Capital Territory: +81 Did not go to work, Australian Capital Territory: +873 Not stated, Australian Capital Territory: -221
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 13,033 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Australian Capital Territory, compared with 139,782 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 Australian Capital Territory in 2011, compared to Victoria, shows that 6.7% used public transport, while 71.4% 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 Australian Capital Territory and Victoria were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by bus (6.6% compared to 1.3%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by car (as a passenger) (7.0% compared to 4.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who travelled by train (0.0% compared to 7.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who travelled by tram or ferry (0.0% compared to 1.7%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Australian Capital Territory increased by 18,850 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Car - as driver (+14,465 persons)
  • Bus (+1,215 persons)
  • Bicycle (+941 persons)
  • Did not go to work (+873 persons)

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