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Regional Australia

Method of travel to work

In Regional Australia 184,771 people rode their bike or walked to work in 2011.

Regional Australia'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 Australia - Employed persons (Enumerated)20112006Change
Main method of travelNumber%Victoria %Number%Victoria %2006 to 2011
Train22,6800.77.915,7310.56.5+6,949
Bus53,6521.61.338,2621.31.1+15,390
Tram or Ferry1,2230.01.71,2810.01.5-58
Taxi5,6220.20.25,8700.20.2-248
Car - as driver2,085,74663.261.61,838,12560.561.5+247,621
Car - as passenger205,6476.24.6202,7356.74.9+2,912
Truck43,8341.30.851,0651.71.0-7,231
Motorbike22,5960.70.424,2520.80.5-1,656
Bicycle29,3710.91.232,7091.11.1-3,338
Walked only155,4004.73.3164,3345.43.6-8,934
Other54,1991.61.145,0601.51.0+9,139
Worked at home192,5475.84.3199,8566.64.6-7,309
Did not go to work373,61811.39.9363,30212.010.6+10,316
Not stated53,5081.61.656,5761.91.9-3,068

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 Australia: 0.7% Bus, Regional Australia: 1.6% Tram or Ferry, Regional Australia: 0.0% Taxi, Regional Australia: 0.2% Car - as driver, Regional Australia: 63.2% Car - as passenger, Regional Australia: 6.2% Truck, Regional Australia: 1.3% Motorbike, Regional Australia: 0.7% Bicycle, Regional Australia: 0.9% Walked only, Regional Australia: 4.7% Other, Regional Australia: 1.6% Worked at home, Regional Australia: 5.8% Did not go to work, Regional Australia: 11.3% Not stated, Regional Australia: 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 Australia: +6,949 Bus, Regional Australia: +15,390 Tram or Ferry, Regional Australia: -58 Taxi, Regional Australia: -248 Car - as driver, Regional Australia: +247,621 Car - as passenger, Regional Australia: +2,912 Truck, Regional Australia: -7,231 Motorbike, Regional Australia: -1,656 Bicycle, Regional Australia: -3,338 Walked only, Regional Australia: -8,934 Other, Regional Australia: +9,139 Worked at home, Regional Australia: -7,309 Did not go to work, Regional Australia: +10,316 Not stated, Regional Australia: -3,068
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 77,555 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Regional Australia, compared with 2,357,823 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 Australia in 2011, compared to Victoria, shows that 2.4% used public transport, while 71.5% 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 Australia and Victoria were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by car (as a passenger) (6.2% compared to 4.6%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by car (as driver) (63.2% compared to 61.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who travelled by train (0.7% 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 Australia increased by 260,484 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Car - as driver (+247,621 persons)
  • Bus (+15,390 persons)
  • Did not go to work (+10,316 persons)
  • Other (+9,139 persons)

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