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RDA Northern Territory

Number of cars per household

Analysis of car ownership in 2011, indicates 44% of households in the RDA Northern Territory had access to two or more motor vehicles, compared to 50% in Greater Darwin.

The ability of the population to access services and employment is strongly influenced by access to transport. The number of motor vehicles per household in the RDA Northern Territory quantifies access to private transport and will be influenced by Age Structure and Household Type, which determine the number of adults present; access to Public Transport; distance to shops, services, employment and education; and Household Income. Depending on these factors, car ownership can be seen as a measure of advantage or disadvantage, or a neutral socio-economic measure, which impacts on the environment and quality of life.

Derived from the Census question:

'How many registered motor vehicles owned or used by residents of this dwelling were garaged or parked at or near this dwelling on the night of Tuesday, 9 August 2011?'

Households

Car ownership
RDA Northern Territory - Households (Enumerated)20112006Change
Number of carsNumber%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2006 to 2011
No motor vehicles8,04311.16.48,40912.57.2-366
1 motor vehicle23,70332.630.523,03734.333.5+666
2 motor vehicles21,39129.533.718,82828.032.8+2,563
3 or more motor vehicles10,44114.416.77,64711.413.1+2,794
Not stated9,02012.412.79,23713.813.3-217

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Car ownership, 2011
Car ownership, 2011 Not stated, Greater Darwin: 12.7% 3 or more motor vehicles, Greater Darwin: 16.7% 2 motor vehicles, Greater Darwin: 33.7% 1 motor vehicle, Greater Darwin: 30.5% No motor vehicles, Greater Darwin: 6.4% Not stated, RDA Northern Territory: 12.4% 3 or more motor vehicles, RDA Northern Territory: 14.4% 2 motor vehicles, RDA Northern Territory: 29.5% 1 motor vehicle, RDA Northern Territory: 32.6% No motor vehicles, RDA Northern Territory: 11.1%
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 car ownership, 2006 to 2011
Change in car ownership, 2006 to 2011 Not stated, RDA Northern Territory: -217 3 or more motor vehicles, RDA Northern Territory: +2,794 2 motor vehicles, RDA Northern Territory: +2,563 1 motor vehicle, RDA Northern Territory: +666 No motor vehicles, RDA Northern Territory: -366
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

Analysis of the car ownership of the households in the RDA Northern Territory in 2011 compared to Greater Darwin shows that 76.5% of the households owned at least one car, while 11.1% did not, compared with 80.9% and 6.4% respectively in Greater Darwin.

Of those that owned at least one vehicle, there was a larger proportion who owned just one car; a smaller proportion who owned two cars; and a smaller proportion who owned three cars or more.

Overall, 32.6% of the households owned one car; 29.5% owned two cars; and 14.4% owned three cars or more, compared with 30.5%; 33.7% and 16.7% respectively for Greater Darwin.

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the household car ownership in the RDA Northern Territory between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • 3 or more motor vehicles (+2,794 households)
  • 2 motor vehicles (+2,563 households)
  • 1 motor vehicle (+666 households)
  • No motor vehicles (-366 households)

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