Since 1976, the Census has collected data on the modes of transport Australians use to commute to work.
Employed people aged 15 years and over could record up to three methods of travel they used to get to work on the day of the Census.
The 2021 Census was conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic. The data collected provides an interesting glimpse into how Australia's working population adapted to stay-at-home restrictions and which modes of transport they utilised when travelling to work.
In 2021, just under half of Australia’s population (over 12 million people) were aged 15 years and over and employed during the week before the Census.
|2021 count||2021 proportion(b) (%)||2016 count||2016 proportion(b) (%)|
|Car, as driver||6,397,539||53.1||6,625,024||62.0|
|Worked at home||2,531,262||21.0||503,582||4.7|
|Did not go to work||1,417,449||11.8||1,003,792||9.4|
|Car, as passenger||471,127||3.9||493,293||4.6|
- Refers to the main mode of travel to work used. Where multiple modes of travel are used, a priority hierarchy is used to make assumptions for the main mode. Visit (MTW15P) for more information.
- Employed persons aged 15 years and over.