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Shire of Murray

Method of travel to work

In Shire of Murray 173 people rode their bike or walked to work in 2011.

Shire of Murray'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
Shire of Murray - Employed persons (Enumerated)20112006Change
Main method of travelNumber%Greater Perth %Number%Greater Perth %2006 to 2011
Train1202.26.7100.24.1+110
Bus851.53.7320.74.1+53
Tram or Ferry00.00.000.00.00
Taxi40.10.230.10.2+1
Car - as driver3,35160.162.22,75661.263.0+595
Car - as passenger3235.85.33046.75.8+19
Truck841.50.8811.81.0+3
Motorbike300.50.6160.40.6+14
Bicycle210.41.1180.41.0+3
Walked only1522.72.21553.42.0-3
Other1102.01.5711.61.1+39
Worked at home3506.33.53016.73.6+49
Did not go to work83214.910.964514.311.6+187
Not stated1172.11.31132.51.7+4

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, Shire of Murray: 2.2% Bus, Shire of Murray: 1.5% Tram or Ferry, Shire of Murray: 0.0% Taxi, Shire of Murray: 0.1% Car - as driver, Shire of Murray: 60.1% Car - as passenger, Shire of Murray: 5.8% Truck, Shire of Murray: 1.5% Motorbike, Shire of Murray: 0.5% Bicycle, Shire of Murray: 0.4% Walked only, Shire of Murray: 2.7% Other, Shire of Murray: 2.0% Worked at home, Shire of Murray: 6.3% Did not go to work, Shire of Murray: 14.9% Not stated, Shire of Murray: 2.1%
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, Shire of Murray: +110 Bus, Shire of Murray: +53 Tram or Ferry, Shire of Murray: 0 Taxi, Shire of Murray: +1 Car - as driver, Shire of Murray: +595 Car - as passenger, Shire of Murray: +19 Truck, Shire of Murray: +3 Motorbike, Shire of Murray: +14 Bicycle, Shire of Murray: +3 Walked only, Shire of Murray: -3 Other, Shire of Murray: +39 Worked at home, Shire of Murray: +49 Did not go to work, Shire of Murray: +187 Not stated, Shire of Murray: +4
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 205 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Shire of Murray, compared with 3,788 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 Shire of Murray in 2011, compared to Greater Perth, shows that 3.7% used public transport, while 67.9% used a private vehicle, compared with 10.4% and 68.9% respectively in Greater Perth.

The major differences in persons between the method of travel to work of Shire of Murray and Greater Perth were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who did not go to work (14.9% compared to 10.9%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who worked at home (6.3% compared to 3.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who travelled by train (2.2% compared to 6.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who travelled by bus (1.5% compared to 3.7%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Shire of Murray increased by 1,074 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Car - as driver (+595 persons)
  • Did not go to work (+187 persons)
  • Train (+110 persons)
  • Bus (+53 persons)

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