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Travel to Work, School and Shops, Victoria
 
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    NAME OF ORGANISATION
    Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

    OVERVIEW

    The Travel to Work, School and Shops Survey was conducted to obtain information on the travel patterns of all Victorians, and was a Victorian supplement to the Monthly Population Survey. Comparisons were made with August 1974 and October 1984 surveys to show changes over time. The following travel themes were addressed: distance travelled, trip duration, time left home, method of transport, reason why public transport was not used, reason why car was not used to get to work, and shopping patterns.

    PURPOSE

    To report on travel patterns of Victorians. ABS conducted survey on behalf of the Victorian Department of Transport and the Public Transport Corporation.

    SCOPE

    The survey collects information for usual residents of private dwellings in Victoria aged 5 to 65 years. Private dwellings are houses, flats, home units, caravans, garages, tents and other structures that are used as places of residence at the time of interview. Long-stay caravan parks are also included. These are distinct from special dwellings which include hotels, boarding schools, boarding houses and institutions. Residents of special dwellings are excluded.

    The survey also excludes households which contain members of non-Australian defence forces stationed in Australia and diplomatic personnel of overseas governments.

    DATA DETAIL

    Conceptual framework

    Persons aged 15 years and over were classified as persons studying and/or persons working, and other persons. Persons studying and/or persons working were further classified as persons who attended an educational institution, persons who travelled to work and other (persons who work at home, persons who drive a vehicle for work e.g. taxi drivers, persons who did not go to an educational institution in the reference week, and persons who study at their work location). A person may belong to both the 'persons who attended an educational institution' and 'persons who travelled to work' categories.

    The major household shopping trip is the shopping trip in which the value of food and groceries was the greatest. It did not include households that shopped a small amount each day or when non-household members do the shopping.

    Distances travelled to work, school and shops were obtained using a method that was developed by the Public Transport Corporation. Addresses of places of work, school and shops were obtained from respondents and converted to Melway references using computer programs. The Melway references were then converted to latitude/longitude references which were used to calculate the distances travelled. They are direct distances and do not take the specific route of the journey into account. Distances were not calculated if the respondent reported that the journey to work, school or shops included a significant detour along the way.

    Main outputs

    Persons: distance travelled from home to work, school and shops

    Persons who travelled to work: main method of travel to work by statistical region of home

    Persons who travelled to work: distance travelled by main method of travel to work and statistical region of home

    Persons who travelled to work: time taken to travel to work by main method of travel by major statistical region

    Persons who live and work in the Melbourne statistical division: statistical region of work by statistical region of home

    Persons who attended an educational institution: main method of travel to the educational institution by type of institution

    Persons who attended an educational institution: distance travelled by main method of travel to the educational institution, type of educational institution and major statistical region

    Persons who attended an educational institution: time taken to travel to work by main method of travel by major statistical region

    Persons who didn't use public transport to travel to work or school: main reason why public transport was not used

    Persons who used public transport to travel to work: main reason why car was not used as the main method of travel

    Major household shopping trips: distance travelled from home to shops and time taken to get to shops by statistical region of home

    Major household shopping trips: main method of travel to shops and when main shopping is usually done by major statistical region of home

    Major household shopping trips: other places visited while shopping by main method of travel to shops

    Classifications

    Australian Standard Geographical Classification (statistical region)

    Other concepts (summary)

    Labour force concepts as used in the Labour Force Survey

    Educational institutions are classified as higher education (included Universities, University Colleges, Universities of Technology, Institutes of Arts or Dramatic Arts and others such as, Australian Defence Force Academy and Australian Film, Television and Radio Institute) and other (included TAFE colleges, Business Colleges and Industry Skills Centres)

    GEOGRAPHIC DETAIL
    Victoria
    Major Statistical Region
    Statistical Region
    Labour Force Region
    Part of State Metropolitan
    Part of State Extra-Metropolitan
    Capital City Statistical Division

    Comments and/or Other Regions

    Not applicablle

    COLLECTION FREQUENCY
    Adhoc

    Frequency comments

    Previous surveys undertaken in October 1984 and August 1974.

    COLLECTION HISTORY

    August 1974, October 1984, October 1994.

    DATA AVAILABILITY
    Yes

    Data availability comments

    Once off survey as part of the Victorian State Supplementary Survey . Results published in "Travel to Work, School and Shops,, Victoria, Oct.1994" (ABS Cat. No. 9201.2)


    DATE OF LAST UPDATE FOR THIS DOCUMENT
    09/05/2002 03:58 PM



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