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South East Queensland

Method of travel to work

In South East Queensland 55,991 people rode their bike or walked to work in 2011.

South East Queensland'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
South East Queensland - Employed persons (Enumerated)20112006Change
Main method of travelNumber%Victoria %Number%Victoria %2006 to 2011
Train70,7255.17.956,4624.46.5+14,263
Bus65,9824.81.350,4083.91.1+15,574
Tram or Ferry2,4810.21.72,6160.21.5-135
Taxi2,6890.20.22,9930.20.2-304
Car - as driver840,39260.661.6765,02059.961.5+75,372
Car - as passenger76,3525.54.679,3566.24.9-3,004
Truck15,7581.10.819,0551.51.0-3,297
Motorbike12,6390.90.412,8681.00.5-229
Bicycle13,5611.01.211,7700.91.1+1,791
Walked only42,4303.13.339,2713.13.6+3,159
Other16,4691.21.112,9681.01.0+3,501
Worked at home64,3124.64.358,8744.64.6+5,438
Did not go to work145,43710.59.9144,18511.310.6+1,252
Not stated18,4491.31.620,5491.61.9-2,100

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, South East Queensland: 5.1% Bus, South East Queensland: 4.8% Tram or Ferry, South East Queensland: 0.2% Taxi, South East Queensland: 0.2% Car - as driver, South East Queensland: 60.6% Car - as passenger, South East Queensland: 5.5% Truck, South East Queensland: 1.1% Motorbike, South East Queensland: 0.9% Bicycle, South East Queensland: 1.0% Walked only, South East Queensland: 3.1% Other, South East Queensland: 1.2% Worked at home, South East Queensland: 4.6% Did not go to work, South East Queensland: 10.5% Not stated, South East Queensland: 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, South East Queensland: +14,263 Bus, South East Queensland: +15,574 Tram or Ferry, South East Queensland: -135 Taxi, South East Queensland: -304 Car - as driver, South East Queensland: +75,372 Car - as passenger, South East Queensland: -3,004 Truck, South East Queensland: -3,297 Motorbike, South East Queensland: -229 Bicycle, South East Queensland: +1,791 Walked only, South East Queensland: +3,159 Other, South East Queensland: +3,501 Worked at home, South East Queensland: +5,438 Did not go to work, South East Queensland: +1,252 Not stated, South East Queensland: -2,100
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 139,188 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in South East Queensland, compared with 945,141 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 South East Queensland in 2011, compared to Victoria, shows that 10.0% used public transport, while 68.1% 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 South East Queensland and Victoria were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by bus (4.8% compared to 1.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who travelled by train (5.1% compared to 7.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who travelled by tram or ferry (0.2% compared to 1.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who travelled by car (as driver) (60.6% compared to 61.6%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in South East Queensland increased by 111,281 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Car - as driver (+75,372 persons)
  • Bus (+15,574 persons)
  • Train (+14,263 persons)
  • Worked at home (+5,438 persons)

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