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    South Australia State Supplementary Survey - topic selected by State Statistical Priorities Committee and endorsed by Population Statistics Priorities Committee


    To provide information to assist in better targeting of public transport services, providing for latent demand for bicycle travel and identifying the scope for managing the demand for travel to reduce emissions and other environmental impacts. The information input to the development of transport policies and strategies to improve accessibility to employment .


    Persons living in the Adelaide Statistical Division aged 15-69 years who are usual residents of private dwellings and caravan parks except:

    • members of the permanent defence forces;
    • certain diplomatic personnel of overseas governments, customarily excluded from census and estimated populations;
    • overseas residents in Australia; and
    • members of non-Australian defence forces (and their dependants) stationed in Australia.


    As per the Labour Force Survey, coverage rules are applied which aim to ensure that each person is associated with only one dwelling, and hence has only one chance of selection. The chance of a person being enumerated at two separate dwellings in the one survey is considered to be negligible.

    Persons who are away from their usual residence for six weeks or less at the time of interview are enumerated at their usual residence (relevant information may be obtained from other usual residents present at the time of the survey).


    Conceptual framework

    Information was collected from individuals aged 15-69 years living in the Adelaide Statistical Division who usually work 15 hours or more each week. Data was collected on main form of transport to work. For those who drove, information was collected on:

    • location of workplace
    • reasons for driving to work
    • number of passengers
    • details of passengers - relationship, reasons for not taking passengers
    • incentives identified to encourage ride-sharing and willingness to ride-share

    Main outputs

    Employed persons: main form of transport to work

    Drivers to work: reason for driving, number of passengers, reason for taking passengers, reason for not taking passengers by location of work/sex

    Details on passengers available for both passengers from same and from other households.

    Benefit of ride-sharing by distance travelled/sex

    Selected characteristics by willingness to ride-share


    Standard Monthly Population Survey classifications (not including industry and occupation)

    Other concepts (summary)

    Standard Labour Force Survey definitions are used.

    South Australia
    Part of State Metropolitan

    Comments and/or Other Regions

    Adelaide Statistical Division.


    Frequency comments

    SA State Supplementary Survey.


    Conducted in various forms in 1981 and 1991.


    Data availability comments

    Data is available in ABS Cat. No. 9203.4. Customised data services are available to clients on request.

    09/08/2005 10:44 AM

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