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Perth Metropolitan Area

Method of travel to work

In the Perth Metropolitan Area 26,963 people rode their bike or walked to work in 2011.

The Perth Metropolitan Area'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
Perth Metropolitan Area - Employed persons (Enumerated)20112006Change
Main method of travelNumber%Greater Perth %Number%Greater Perth %2006 to 2011
Train56,2566.76.729,6854.14.1+26,571
Bus31,4543.73.729,5944.14.1+1,860
Tram or Ferry1050.00.02510.00.0-146
Taxi1,6080.20.21,3790.20.2+229
Car - as driver523,44762.162.2452,14463.063.0+71,303
Car - as passenger44,6655.35.341,8055.85.8+2,860
Truck6,8620.80.87,4991.01.0-637
Motorbike4,9040.60.64,0620.60.6+842
Bicycle9,5941.11.16,8721.01.0+2,722
Walked only17,3692.12.214,6092.02.0+2,760
Other13,9191.71.58,1641.11.1+5,755
Worked at home29,5403.53.526,0293.63.6+3,511
Did not go to work92,06910.910.983,19611.611.6+8,873
Not stated10,9611.31.312,3631.71.7-1,402

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, 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% Train, Perth Metropolitan Area: 6.7% Bus, Perth Metropolitan Area: 3.7% Tram or Ferry, Perth Metropolitan Area: 0.0% Taxi, Perth Metropolitan Area: 0.2% Car - as driver, Perth Metropolitan Area: 62.1% Car - as passenger, Perth Metropolitan Area: 5.3% Truck, Perth Metropolitan Area: 0.8% Motorbike, Perth Metropolitan Area: 0.6% Bicycle, Perth Metropolitan Area: 1.1% Walked only, Perth Metropolitan Area: 2.1% Other, Perth Metropolitan Area: 1.7% Worked at home, Perth Metropolitan Area: 3.5% Did not go to work, Perth Metropolitan Area: 10.9% Not stated, Perth Metropolitan Area: 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, Perth Metropolitan Area: +26,571 Bus, Perth Metropolitan Area: +1,860 Tram or Ferry, Perth Metropolitan Area: -146 Taxi, Perth Metropolitan Area: +229 Car - as driver, Perth Metropolitan Area: +71,303 Car - as passenger, Perth Metropolitan Area: +2,860 Truck, Perth Metropolitan Area: -637 Motorbike, Perth Metropolitan Area: +842 Bicycle, Perth Metropolitan Area: +2,722 Walked only, Perth Metropolitan Area: +2,760 Other, Perth Metropolitan Area: +5,755 Worked at home, Perth Metropolitan Area: +3,511 Did not go to work, Perth Metropolitan Area: +8,873 Not stated, Perth Metropolitan Area: -1,402
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 87,815 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Perth Metropolitan Area, compared with 579,878 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 the Perth Metropolitan Area in 2011, compared to Greater Perth, shows that 10.4% used public transport, while 68.8% used a private vehicle, compared with 10.4% and 68.9% respectively in Greater Perth.

There were no major differences between Perth Metropolitan Area and Greater Perth in 2011.

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Perth Metropolitan Area increased by 125,102 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Car - as driver (+71,303 persons)
  • Train (+26,571 persons)
  • Did not go to work (+8,873 persons)
  • Other (+5,755 persons)

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