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Greater Darwin

Method of travel to work

In Greater Darwin 4,816 people rode their bike or walked to work in 2011.

Greater Darwin'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 Darwin - Employed persons (Enumerated)20112006Change
Main method of travelNumber%Victoria %Number%Victoria %2006 to 2011
Train120.07.9390.16.5-27
Bus2,2983.51.31,9673.51.1+331
Tram or Ferry240.01.7140.01.5+10
Taxi2920.50.22570.50.2+35
Car - as driver40,35362.361.633,68959.161.5+6,664
Car - as passenger4,6997.34.64,3667.74.9+333
Truck4210.60.84610.81.0-40
Motorbike1,0251.60.47001.20.5+325
Bicycle1,6782.61.21,4792.61.1+199
Walked only3,1384.83.32,5914.53.6+547
Other1,3042.01.19351.61.0+369
Worked at home1,7542.74.31,5182.74.6+236
Did not go to work6,82810.59.97,95814.010.6-1,130
Not stated9601.51.61,0231.81.9-63

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 Darwin: 0.0% Bus, Greater Darwin: 3.5% Tram or Ferry, Greater Darwin: 0.0% Taxi, Greater Darwin: 0.5% Car - as driver, Greater Darwin: 62.3% Car - as passenger, Greater Darwin: 7.3% Truck, Greater Darwin: 0.6% Motorbike, Greater Darwin: 1.6% Bicycle, Greater Darwin: 2.6% Walked only, Greater Darwin: 4.8% Other, Greater Darwin: 2.0% Worked at home, Greater Darwin: 2.7% Did not go to work, Greater Darwin: 10.5% Not stated, Greater Darwin: 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 Darwin: -27 Bus, Greater Darwin: +331 Tram or Ferry, Greater Darwin: +10 Taxi, Greater Darwin: +35 Car - as driver, Greater Darwin: +6,664 Car - as passenger, Greater Darwin: +333 Truck, Greater Darwin: -40 Motorbike, Greater Darwin: +325 Bicycle, Greater Darwin: +199 Walked only, Greater Darwin: +547 Other, Greater Darwin: +369 Worked at home, Greater Darwin: +236 Did not go to work, Greater Darwin: -1,130 Not stated, Greater Darwin: -63
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 2,334 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Greater Darwin, compared with 46,498 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 Darwin in 2011, compared to Victoria, shows that 3.6% used public transport, while 71.8% 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 Darwin and Victoria were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by car (as a passenger) (7.3% compared to 4.6%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by bus (3.5% compared to 1.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who travelled by train (0.0% 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 Greater Darwin increased by 7,789 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Car - as driver (+6,664 persons)
  • Did not go to work (-1,130 persons)
  • Walked only (+547 persons)
  • Other (+369 persons)

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