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Regional QLD

Method of travel to work

In Regional QLD 55,634 people rode their bike or walked to work in 2011.

Regional QLD'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 QLD - Employed persons (Enumerated)20112006Change
Main method of travelNumber%Victoria %Number%Victoria %2006 to 2011
Train6,0230.67.93,4910.46.5+2,532
Bus18,3421.81.314,3811.51.1+3,961
Tram or Ferry4740.01.74980.11.5-24
Taxi2,0820.20.22,1980.20.2-116
Car - as driver659,44863.061.6570,16560.361.5+89,283
Car - as passenger69,6316.74.668,1487.24.9+1,483
Truck14,2751.40.816,1481.71.0-1,873
Motorbike9,4170.90.410,6071.10.5-1,190
Bicycle11,2661.11.212,5061.31.1-1,240
Walked only44,3684.23.345,5364.83.6-1,168
Other17,5361.71.114,5241.51.0+3,012
Worked at home58,9625.64.357,2186.14.6+1,744
Did not go to work117,83211.39.9112,53811.910.6+5,294
Not stated16,3281.61.617,1731.81.9-845

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 QLD: 0.6% Bus, Regional QLD: 1.8% Tram or Ferry, Regional QLD: 0.0% Taxi, Regional QLD: 0.2% Car - as driver, Regional QLD: 63.0% Car - as passenger, Regional QLD: 6.7% Truck, Regional QLD: 1.4% Motorbike, Regional QLD: 0.9% Bicycle, Regional QLD: 1.1% Walked only, Regional QLD: 4.2% Other, Regional QLD: 1.7% Worked at home, Regional QLD: 5.6% Did not go to work, Regional QLD: 11.3% Not stated, Regional QLD: 1.6%
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 QLD: +2,532 Bus, Regional QLD: +3,961 Tram or Ferry, Regional QLD: -24 Taxi, Regional QLD: -116 Car - as driver, Regional QLD: +89,283 Car - as passenger, Regional QLD: +1,483 Truck, Regional QLD: -1,873 Motorbike, Regional QLD: -1,190 Bicycle, Regional QLD: -1,240 Walked only, Regional QLD: -1,168 Other, Regional QLD: +3,012 Worked at home, Regional QLD: +1,744 Did not go to work, Regional QLD: +5,294 Not stated, Regional QLD: -845
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 24,839 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Regional QLD, compared with 752,771 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 QLD in 2011, compared to Victoria, shows that 2.4% used public transport, while 72.0% 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 QLD and Victoria were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by car (as a passenger) (6.7% compared to 4.6%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by car (as driver) (63.0% compared to 61.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who travelled by train (0.6% 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 QLD increased by 100,853 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Car - as driver (+89,283 persons)
  • Did not go to work (+5,294 persons)
  • Bus (+3,961 persons)
  • Other (+3,012 persons)

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