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West Region

Method of travel to work

In West Region 329 people rode their bike or walked to work in 2016.

West Region'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 2016?'

Employed persons aged 15 years and over

Method of travel to work
West Region - Employed persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%City of Mitcham %Number%City of Mitcham %2011 to 2016
Train
1331.53.5600.73.3+73
Bus
6497.55.17798.85.2-130
Tram or Ferry
430.50.290.10.1+34
Taxi
80.10.290.10.2-1
Car - as driver
5,54863.863.35,23059.161.5+318
Car - as passenger
4064.74.34905.54.8-84
Truck
140.20.3400.50.4-26
Motorbike
210.20.5480.50.6-27
map this data in atlas.idBicycle1401.61.92202.51.8-80
map this data in atlas.idWalked only1892.22.03143.52.5-125
Other
1611.91.41802.01.4-19
map this data in atlas.idWorked at home2983.44.92542.94.3+44
Did not go to work
1,00711.611.61,13512.812.7-128
Not stated
740.90.6861.01.1-12

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Method of travel to work, 2016
Method of travel to work, 2016 Train, City of Mitcham: 3.5% Bus, City of Mitcham: 5.1% Tram or Ferry, City of Mitcham: 0.2% Taxi, City of Mitcham: 0.2% Car - as driver, City of Mitcham: 63.3% Car - as passenger, City of Mitcham: 4.3% Truck, City of Mitcham: 0.3% Motorbike, City of Mitcham: 0.5% Bicycle, City of Mitcham: 1.9% Walked only, City of Mitcham: 2.0% Other, City of Mitcham: 1.4% Worked at home, City of Mitcham: 4.9% Did not go to work, City of Mitcham: 11.6% Not stated, City of Mitcham: 0.6% Train, West Region: 1.5% Bus, West Region: 7.5% Tram or Ferry, West Region: 0.5% Taxi, West Region: 0.1% Car - as driver, West Region: 63.8% Car - as passenger, West Region: 4.7% Truck, West Region: 0.2% Motorbike, West Region: 0.2% Bicycle, West Region: 1.6% Walked only, West Region: 2.2% Other, West Region: 1.9% Worked at home, West Region: 3.4% Did not go to work, West Region: 11.6% Not stated, West Region: 0.9%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in method of travel to work, 2011 to 2016
Change in method of travel to work, 2011 to 2016 Train, West Region: +73 Bus, West Region: -130 Tram or Ferry, West Region: +34 Taxi, West Region: -1 Car - as driver, West Region: +318 Car - as passenger, West Region: -84 Truck, West Region: -26 Motorbike, West Region: -27 Bicycle, West Region: -80 Walked only, West Region: -125 Other, West Region: -19 Worked at home, West Region: +44 Did not go to work, West Region: -128 Not stated, West Region: -12
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

In 2016, there were 825 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in West Region, compared with 5,989 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 West Region in 2016, compared to the City of Mitcham, shows that 9.5% used public transport, while 68.9% used a private vehicle, compared with 8.8% and 68.5% respectively in the City of Mitcham.

The major differences in persons between the method of travel to work of West Region and the City of Mitcham were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by bus (7.5% compared to 5.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who travelled by train (1.5% compared to 3.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who worked at home (3.4% compared to 4.9%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in West Region decreased by 163 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest changes in the method of travel to work by resident population in West Region between 2011 and 2016 were for those nominated:

  • Car - as driver (+318 persons)
  • Bus (-130 persons)
  • Did not go to work (-128 persons)
  • Walked only (-125 persons)

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