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Regional VIC

Method of travel to work

In Regional VIC 32,264 people rode their bike or walked to work in 2011.

Regional VIC'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
Regional VIC - Employed persons (Enumerated)20112006Change
Main method of travelNumber%Victoria %Number%Victoria %2006 to 2011
Train7,7211.37.94,0050.76.5+3,716
Bus4,5770.81.33,7860.71.1+791
Tram or Ferry2570.01.72750.01.5-18
Taxi8580.10.28780.20.2-20
Car - as driver387,52764.861.6349,12862.361.5+38,399
Car - as passenger32,2495.44.630,5255.44.9+1,724
Truck5,7951.00.86,7921.21.0-997
Motorbike2,7090.50.43,2490.60.5-540
Bicycle5,1910.91.26,2231.11.1-1,032
Walked only27,0734.53.329,5715.33.6-2,498
Other7,6611.31.16,8411.21.0+820
Worked at home38,0366.44.341,2337.44.6-3,197
Did not go to work68,55011.59.967,21312.010.6+1,337
Not stated10,1021.71.610,7011.91.9-599

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, Regional VIC: 1.3% Bus, Regional VIC: 0.8% Tram or Ferry, Regional VIC: 0.0% Taxi, Regional VIC: 0.1% Car - as driver, Regional VIC: 64.8% Car - as passenger, Regional VIC: 5.4% Truck, Regional VIC: 1.0% Motorbike, Regional VIC: 0.5% Bicycle, Regional VIC: 0.9% Walked only, Regional VIC: 4.5% Other, Regional VIC: 1.3% Worked at home, Regional VIC: 6.4% Did not go to work, Regional VIC: 11.5% Not stated, Regional VIC: 1.7%
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, Regional VIC: +3,716 Bus, Regional VIC: +791 Tram or Ferry, Regional VIC: -18 Taxi, Regional VIC: -20 Car - as driver, Regional VIC: +38,399 Car - as passenger, Regional VIC: +1,724 Truck, Regional VIC: -997 Motorbike, Regional VIC: -540 Bicycle, Regional VIC: -1,032 Walked only, Regional VIC: -2,498 Other, Regional VIC: +820 Worked at home, Regional VIC: -3,197 Did not go to work, Regional VIC: +1,337 Not stated, Regional VIC: -599
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 12,555 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Regional VIC, compared with 428,280 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 Regional VIC in 2011, compared to Victoria, shows that 2.1% used public transport, while 71.6% 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 Regional VIC and Victoria were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by car (as driver) (64.8% compared to 61.6%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who worked at home (6.4% compared to 4.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who travelled by train (1.3% 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 Regional VIC increased by 37,887 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Car - as driver (+38,399 persons)
  • Train (+3,716 persons)
  • Worked at home (-3,197 persons)
  • Walked only (-2,498 persons)

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