Method of Travel to Work
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released information about method of travel to work as revealed through the last Census. The information is based on the count of persons (place of usual residence) and shows the main modes of transport used by people in a given area to get to work. The information is derived from a specific question on the Census form that asks about how persons (aged 15 and over) got to work on the day of the Census.
Quality and Applicability
Place of usual residence counts are used by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in all its standard data sets e.g. Basic Community Profile, Expanded Community Profile, Indigenous Profile and QuickStats.
Method of travel to work data can be useful from a planning perspective as they can reveal the effectiveness and availability of public transport in a given area or whether an area allows or limits people’s capacities to walk or cycle to their place of employment.
Information about method of travel to work is available for local government areas, statistical local areas, suburbs, and collector districts.
Collector districts are the smallest spatial units under the Australian Standard Geographical Classification system used by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Collector districts enable the collection and dissemination of Census data. Statistical local areas fit into the boundaries of incorporated bodies of local government (i.e. local government areas) when aggregated.
Information about method of travel to work refers to 8 August 2006, the most recent Census.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics progressively released all standard data sets based on the 2006 Census during 2007.
Information about method of travel to work is contained in the Basic Community Profile Cat. No. 2001.0 2006 Table B45. Select the ‘Community Profiles’ function to search for an area by name then open its Basic Community Profile.
Cost and Format
Australian Bureau of Statistics data sets are downloadable free of charge in excel spreadsheet format.
Additional Data Source(s)
Information about method of travel to work is available through profile.id, an online product designed to support local government planning and accessible through council websites. Go to your council website, search for community profiles, and click on ‘What Do We Do/How Do We Get to Work’ to generate reports based on the last Census. Reports are available for local government areas and smaller areas (e.g. suburbs). More on profile.id.
Information about method of travel to work based on the last Census is available through the Victorian Local Governance Association online library of social statistics.