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Greater Sydney

Method of travel to work

In Greater Sydney 99,845 people rode their bike or walked to work in 2011.

Greater Sydney'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
Greater Sydney - Employed persons (Enumerated)20112006Change
Main method of travelNumber%Victoria %Number%Victoria %2006 to 2011
Train284,46113.87.9232,88712.36.5+51,574
Bus119,5265.81.3101,5515.41.1+17,975
Tram or Ferry7,6030.41.76,6750.41.5+928
Taxi5,9270.30.26,2910.30.2-364
Car - as driver1,104,85153.861.61,017,46653.761.5+87,385
Car - as passenger92,7724.54.699,5555.34.9-6,783
Truck21,7681.10.825,5551.31.0-3,787
Motorbike12,5830.60.49,0310.50.5+3,552
Bicycle15,6080.81.210,9270.61.1+4,681
Walked only84,2374.13.379,3134.23.6+4,924
Other19,5571.01.116,4460.91.0+3,111
Worked at home81,4574.04.374,2613.94.6+7,196
Did not go to work174,2158.59.9179,2339.510.6-5,018
Not stated30,3751.51.635,3371.91.9-4,962

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, Greater Sydney: 13.8% Bus, Greater Sydney: 5.8% Tram or Ferry, Greater Sydney: 0.4% Taxi, Greater Sydney: 0.3% Car - as driver, Greater Sydney: 53.8% Car - as passenger, Greater Sydney: 4.5% Truck, Greater Sydney: 1.1% Motorbike, Greater Sydney: 0.6% Bicycle, Greater Sydney: 0.8% Walked only, Greater Sydney: 4.1% Other, Greater Sydney: 1.0% Worked at home, Greater Sydney: 4.0% Did not go to work, Greater Sydney: 8.5% Not stated, Greater Sydney: 1.5%
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, Greater Sydney: +51,574 Bus, Greater Sydney: +17,975 Tram or Ferry, Greater Sydney: +928 Taxi, Greater Sydney: -364 Car - as driver, Greater Sydney: +87,385 Car - as passenger, Greater Sydney: -6,783 Truck, Greater Sydney: -3,787 Motorbike, Greater Sydney: +3,552 Bicycle, Greater Sydney: +4,681 Walked only, Greater Sydney: +4,924 Other, Greater Sydney: +3,111 Worked at home, Greater Sydney: +7,196 Did not go to work, Greater Sydney: -5,018 Not stated, Greater Sydney: -4,962
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 411,590 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Greater Sydney, compared with 1,231,974 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 Greater Sydney in 2011, compared to Victoria, shows that 20.0% used public transport, while 60.0% 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 Greater Sydney and Victoria were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by train (13.8% compared to 7.9%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by bus (5.8% compared to 1.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who travelled by car (as driver) (53.8% compared to 61.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did not go to work (8.5% compared to 9.9%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Greater Sydney increased by 160,411 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Car - as driver (+87,385 persons)
  • Train (+51,574 persons)
  • Bus (+17,975 persons)
  • Worked at home (+7,196 persons)

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