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Regional WA

Method of travel to work

In Regional WA 20,242 people rode their bike or walked to work in 2011.

Regional WA'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 WA - Employed persons (Enumerated)20112006Change
Main method of travelNumber%Victoria %Number%Victoria %2006 to 2011
Train3160.17.92050.16.5+111
Bus16,1006.21.37,5383.41.1+8,562
Tram or Ferry1760.11.7790.01.5+97
Taxi5100.20.26190.30.2-109
Car - as driver140,88854.361.6118,71453.961.5+22,174
Car - as passenger19,6857.64.617,2797.84.9+2,406
Truck3,4981.30.83,4521.61.0+46
Motorbike1,5970.60.41,2490.60.5+348
Bicycle2,5051.01.22,4231.11.1+82
Walked only17,7376.83.317,0567.73.6+681
Other9,2333.61.16,3202.91.0+2,913
Worked at home14,4085.64.315,3797.04.6-971
Did not go to work28,71111.19.925,76511.710.6+2,946
Not stated4,0221.61.64,1411.91.9-119

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 WA: 0.1% Bus, Regional WA: 6.2% Tram or Ferry, Regional WA: 0.1% Taxi, Regional WA: 0.2% Car - as driver, Regional WA: 54.3% Car - as passenger, Regional WA: 7.6% Truck, Regional WA: 1.3% Motorbike, Regional WA: 0.6% Bicycle, Regional WA: 1.0% Walked only, Regional WA: 6.8% Other, Regional WA: 3.6% Worked at home, Regional WA: 5.6% Did not go to work, Regional WA: 11.1% Not stated, Regional WA: 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 WA: +111 Bus, Regional WA: +8,562 Tram or Ferry, Regional WA: +97 Taxi, Regional WA: -109 Car - as driver, Regional WA: +22,174 Car - as passenger, Regional WA: +2,406 Truck, Regional WA: +46 Motorbike, Regional WA: +348 Bicycle, Regional WA: +82 Walked only, Regional WA: +681 Other, Regional WA: +2,913 Worked at home, Regional WA: -971 Did not go to work, Regional WA: +2,946 Not stated, Regional WA: -119
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 16,592 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Regional WA, compared with 165,668 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 WA in 2011, compared to Victoria, shows that 6.4% used public transport, while 63.9% 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 Regional WA and Victoria were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by bus (6.2% compared to 1.3%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who walked only (6.8% 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 car (as driver) (54.3% compared to 61.6%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Regional WA increased by 39,166 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Car - as driver (+22,174 persons)
  • Bus (+8,562 persons)
  • Did not go to work (+2,946 persons)
  • Other (+2,913 persons)

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