According to the 2016 Census results published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, more Australians are now opting to drive to work.
Driving has long been the most popular method of getting to and from work, but the figures have increased in the last five years with 69 per cent of the working population of the country commuting via car, that’s more than 6.5 million people.
Not only are most of the Australian workforce driving to work, but a further five per cent travel as a passenger.
The most common form of public transport, for those who aren’t behind the wheel, was the train with half a million people commuting to work on the railway.
The train has been the third most popular mode of transport when commuting to work since 2011. In fact, 86,000 Australians in the workforce who can drive a car opted for the train for their daily commute.
For a lucky 500,000 people in the Australian workforce, they worked from home in 2016. That’s an increase of a massive 444,000 from the 2011 census.
What the results mean
Australians are still heavily reliant on their cars for commuting to and from work. It was the most common mode of transport in all states, territories and capital cities.
Canberra’s smaller size and town planning helped it record the highest number of workers who walk or cycle to work while Sydney recorded the highest numbers of public transport users.
So who was the city that recorded the largest percentage of commuters opting to get behind the wheel of a car? That was Adelaide with 80 per cent of people driving to work.
The results offer insights into the commuting habits of the Australian workforce and can assist local governments and councils in their future infrastructure plans.