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    NAME OF ORGANISATION
    Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

    OVERVIEW

    The survey was conducted on a sample of about 2,400 households throughout the Adelaide Statistical Division in the month of October. It was conducted at the request of the South Australian Government.

    The Monthly Population Survey is a survey conducted each month throughout Australia. It has two components, the Labour Force Survey and a set of supplementary questions. In most months the supplements are conducted on a national basis but each year, usually in October, each State and Territory Government is given the opportunity to select a topic of importance to their State. In 1997 the SA Government chose to request a survey on journey to work, school and shop.

    Information for the 1997 survey was obtained about modes of transport used to travel to place of work and place of education; the origin and destination of journeys; departure time and duration of trip; main reason for using or not using a bus, train or tram; bicycle usage; whether passengers were taken and types of trips linked to the main journey to and from work. Not all this information was collected for cycles of the survey and in earlier cycles details of journey to shops was collected.

    PURPOSE

    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 and education.

    SCOPE

    Persons living in the Adelaide Statistical Division aged 5 or more years who are usual residents of private dwellings and caravan parks except:

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

    Coverage

    As per the Monthly 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).

    DATA DETAIL

    Conceptual framework

    Information about the journey to work was obtained only for persons who had a job last week, usually worked 15 hours or more per week and had not been away from their job for 4 weeks or more. Information about the journey to place of education was collected for persons still attending school (includes kindergarten) and full-time post-school students aged less than 60 years. Information about bicycle non-usage by students, the departure time and duration of the study trip was collected only for full-time post-school students.

    In 1981 and 1991 information about the journey to shops was collected from the person responsible for the major household shopping trip.

    Main outputs

    Information is available for the Adelaide Statistical Division only, although origin and destination data is available for travel to work and study.

    Information released from the most recent cycle in publication format included:

    Main mode of travel to work and education, 1991 and 1997

    Departure time by mode of travel to work

    Duration of trip by mode of travel to work

    Main reason for using public transport to work by sex

    Main reason for not using public transport to work by sex

    Main reason for not using public transport to place of education by sex

    Main reason for not riding a bicycle to work by sex

    Number of passengers taken on the trip to work

    Main reason for taking passengers from the same household on the trip to work by sex

    Main reason for not taking passengers from the same household on the trip to work by sex

    Main reason for taking passengers from other household on the trip to work by sex

    Main reason for not taking passengers from other household on the trip to work by sex

    Classifications

    Basic demographic (such as age and sex) and labour force classifications are used. Other classifications include:

    Persons who had a job last week, usually worked 15 hours or more per week and had not been away from their job for 4 weeks or more:

    Form of transport

    Suburb of location of place of work

    Departure time

    Duration of trip

    Reason for not using public transport

    Reason for not using a bicycle

    Reason for taking passengers

    Reason for not taking passengers

    Activities done on the work trip

    Persons still attending school (includes kindergarten) and full-time post-school students aged less than 60 years:

    Main form of transport

    Suburb of location of place of education

    Reason for not using public transport

    Full-time post-school students aged less than 60 years:

    Reason for not using a bicycle

    Departure time

    Duration of trip

    Other concepts (summary)

    Not applicable

    GEOGRAPHIC DETAIL
    South Australia
    Part of State Metropolitan

    Comments and/or Other Regions

    Adelaide Statistical Division.

    COLLECTION FREQUENCY
    Adhoc

    Frequency comments

    The survey has been conducted 3 times in various forms, all as State Supplements to the Labour Force Survey,

    COLLECTION HISTORY

    Conducted in 1981, 1991 and in 1997.

    DATA AVAILABILITY
    Yes

    Data availability comments

    Data is available in ABS Cat No. 9201.4 Customised data services are available to clients on request.


    DATE OF LAST UPDATE FOR THIS DOCUMENT
    09/08/2005 10:46 AM



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