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Regional SA

Method of travel to work

In Regional SA 10,388 people rode their bike or walked to work in 2011.

Regional SA'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 SA - Employed persons (Enumerated)20112006Change
Main method of travelNumber%Victoria %Number%Victoria %2006 to 2011
Train1650.17.92230.16.5-58
Bus1,6341.01.31,0070.61.1+627
Tram or Ferry360.01.7410.01.5-5
Taxi2310.10.22540.20.2-23
Car - as driver102,46562.961.693,24459.961.5+9,221
Car - as passenger9,2425.74.69,4196.14.9-177
Truck1,8861.20.82,1141.41.0-228
Motorbike7860.50.41,0000.60.5-214
Bicycle1,0140.61.21,3740.91.1-360
Walked only9,3745.73.310,5056.83.6-1,131
Other3,2622.01.12,5611.61.0+701
Worked at home12,2817.54.313,8228.94.6-1,541
Did not go to work18,06211.19.917,22911.110.6+833
Not stated2,5901.61.62,7591.81.9-169

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 SA: 0.1% Bus, Regional SA: 1.0% Tram or Ferry, Regional SA: 0.0% Taxi, Regional SA: 0.1% Car - as driver, Regional SA: 62.9% Car - as passenger, Regional SA: 5.7% Truck, Regional SA: 1.2% Motorbike, Regional SA: 0.5% Bicycle, Regional SA: 0.6% Walked only, Regional SA: 5.7% Other, Regional SA: 2.0% Worked at home, Regional SA: 7.5% Did not go to work, Regional SA: 11.1% Not stated, Regional SA: 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 SA: -58 Bus, Regional SA: +627 Tram or Ferry, Regional SA: -5 Taxi, Regional SA: -23 Car - as driver, Regional SA: +9,221 Car - as passenger, Regional SA: -177 Truck, Regional SA: -228 Motorbike, Regional SA: -214 Bicycle, Regional SA: -360 Walked only, Regional SA: -1,131 Other, Regional SA: +701 Worked at home, Regional SA: -1,541 Did not go to work, Regional SA: +833 Not stated, Regional SA: -169
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 1,835 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Regional SA, compared with 114,379 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 SA in 2011, compared to Victoria, shows that 1.1% used public transport, while 70.2% 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 SA and Victoria were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who worked at home (7.5% compared to 4.3%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who walked only (5.7% compared to 3.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who travelled by train (0.1% 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 SA increased by 7,477 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Car - as driver (+9,221 persons)
  • Worked at home (-1,541 persons)
  • Walked only (-1,131 persons)
  • Did not go to work (+833 persons)

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