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Greater Perth

Method of travel to work

In Greater Perth 27,448 people rode their bike or walked to work in 2011.

Greater Perth'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 Perth - Employed persons (Enumerated)20112006Change
Main method of travelNumber%Victoria %Number%Victoria %2006 to 2011
Train56,1346.77.929,6854.16.5+26,449
Bus31,2303.71.329,5944.11.1+1,636
Tram or Ferry2290.01.72510.01.5-22
Taxi1,7830.20.21,3790.20.2+404
Car - as driver523,80662.261.6452,14463.061.5+71,662
Car - as passenger44,5465.34.641,8055.84.9+2,741
Truck7,0980.80.87,4991.01.0-401
Motorbike4,9350.60.44,0620.60.5+873
Bicycle9,2401.11.26,8721.01.1+2,368
Walked only18,2082.23.314,6092.03.6+3,599
Other12,6641.51.18,1641.11.0+4,500
Worked at home29,3843.54.326,0293.64.6+3,355
Did not go to work92,20110.99.983,19611.610.6+9,005
Not stated11,1071.31.612,3631.71.9-1,256

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 Perth: 6.7% Bus, Greater Perth: 3.7% Tram or Ferry, Greater Perth: 0.0% Taxi, Greater Perth: 0.2% Car - as driver, Greater Perth: 62.2% Car - as passenger, Greater Perth: 5.3% Truck, Greater Perth: 0.8% Motorbike, Greater Perth: 0.6% Bicycle, Greater Perth: 1.1% Walked only, Greater Perth: 2.2% Other, Greater Perth: 1.5% Worked at home, Greater Perth: 3.5% Did not go to work, Greater Perth: 10.9% Not stated, Greater Perth: 1.3%
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 Perth: +26,449 Bus, Greater Perth: +1,636 Tram or Ferry, Greater Perth: -22 Taxi, Greater Perth: +404 Car - as driver, Greater Perth: +71,662 Car - as passenger, Greater Perth: +2,741 Truck, Greater Perth: -401 Motorbike, Greater Perth: +873 Bicycle, Greater Perth: +2,368 Walked only, Greater Perth: +3,599 Other, Greater Perth: +4,500 Worked at home, Greater Perth: +3,355 Did not go to work, Greater Perth: +9,005 Not stated, Greater Perth: -1,256
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 87,593 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Greater Perth, compared with 580,385 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 Perth in 2011, compared to Victoria, shows that 10.4% used public transport, while 68.9% 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 Greater Perth and Victoria were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by bus (3.7% compared to 1.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who travelled by tram or ferry (0.0% compared to 1.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who travelled by train (6.7% compared to 7.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who walked only (2.2% compared to 3.3%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Greater Perth increased by 124,914 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Car - as driver (+71,662 persons)
  • Train (+26,449 persons)
  • Did not go to work (+9,005 persons)
  • Other (+4,500 persons)

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