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Method of travel to work (6 travel modes) (MTW06P)

Census of Population and Housing: Census dictionary
Reference period
2021

Definition

This variable records the method of travel to work in six modes on Census day 10 August 2021. Data is derived from the Method of travel to work (MTWP) variable.

See also Method of travel to work (15 travel modes) (MTW15P).

Scope

Persons aged 15 years or over who have labour force status of ‘employed’

Categories

CodeCategory

1

Public transport

2

Vehicle

3

Other mode

4

Active transport

5

Worked at home or did not go to work

6

Not stated

@

Not applicable

V

Overseas visitor

Number of categories: 8

Not applicable (@) comprises:

  • Unemployed persons looking for either part-time or full-time work
  • Persons not in the labour force
  • Persons with Labour force status (LFSP) not stated
  • Persons aged under 15 years
  • Overseas visitors

Question(s) from the Census form

How did the person get to work on Tuesday 10 August 2021?

    How did the person get to work on Tuesday 10 August 2021?
    How did Person 1 get to work on Tuesday 10 August 2021?

    If the person used more than one method of travel to work, select all methods used.

    More information

    How person got to work

    Train

    Bus

    Ferry

    Tram (including light rail)

    Taxi or ride-share service

    Car – as a driver

    Car – as a passenger

    Truck

    Motorbike or motor scooter

    Bicycle

    Walked only

    Other

    Worked at home

    Did not go to work

      Example

      Method of travel to work (6 travel modes) example - car as a driver response selected

      Example

      How did Person 1 get to work on Tuesday 10 August 2021?

      If the person used more than one method of travel to work, select all methods used.

      More information

      How person got to work

      Train

      Bus

      Ferry

      Tram (including light rail)

      Taxi or ride-share service

      Car – as a driver (selected response)

      Car – as a passenger

      Truck

      Motorbike or motor scooter

      Bicycle

      Walked only

      Other

      Worked at home

      Did not go to work

        More information

        Additional information relating to the question on: How did the person get to work on Tuesday 10 August 2021?

        More information

        How did Person 1 get to work on Tuesday 10 August 2021?

        If the person used more than one method of travel to work, select all methods used.

        More information

        Select all methods of travel used by the person to get to work on Tuesday 10 August 2021.

        For example, if the person drove a car to a train station and then took a train to work, select both 'Car – as a driver' and 'Train' boxes.

        If the person walked all the way to work, select 'Walked only'.

        Do not include methods of travel for the journey home.

        How this variable is created

        This variable is derived from the Census variable MTWP which records the method used to travel to work on the day of the Census. The MTWP classification has been sourced from the Bureau of Infrastructure and Transport Research Economics.

        Method of travel to work (6 travel modes) can also be aggregated from the 15 travel modes as follows:

        MTW15PMTW15P DescriptionMTW06PMTW06P Description

        01

        Train

        1

        Public transport

        02

        Bus

        1

        Public transport

        03

        Ferry

        1

        Public transport

        04

        Tram/light rail

        1

        Public transport

        05

        Taxi/ride-share service

        1

        Public transport

        06

        Car as driver

        2

        Vehicle

        07

        Car as passenger

        2

        Vehicle

        08

        Truck

        2

        Vehicle

        09

        Motorbike/scooter

        2

        Vehicle

        10

        Bicycle

        3

        Active transport

        11

        Other mode

        4

        Other mode

        12

        Walked only

        3

        Active transport

        13

        Worked at home

        5

        Worked at home or did not go to work

        14

        Did not go to work

        5

        Worked at home or did not go to work

        15

        Not stated

        6

        Mode not stated

        @@

        Not applicable

        @

        Not applicable

        VV

        Overseas visitor

        V

        Overseas visitor

         

        History and changes

        This variable was first introduced in 2016.

        No changes have been made in 2021.  

        Data use considerations

        Mode 6 reflects the ‘main mode’ used in that journey from home to workplace. Each mode is part of a hierarchy (as listed above), so a train is rated higher on the hierarchy than a car and will be coded as the main mode to work if a person travelled to work by both train and car on the day of the Census.

        Usual method of travel to work

        When using this data with Place of work (POWP) data, users should be aware that POWP refers to the main job last week, while MTWP refers to Census day. This may explain why, for a small proportion of records, MTWP data may appear inconsistent with POWP or PURP information. 

        For example, a person may have been working in the centre of Perth on 10 August 2021 and have travelled there by train, however in the week before the Census, they may have been working in an outer suburb of Perth and travelled there by car. In this case, the person would have their MTWP as 'Train' on the Census form, whilst their usual travel pattern would be by car.

        Other scenario examples:

        • If a person who had a job became unemployed, retired or on leave on 10 August 2021, their method of travel to work would not reflect their usual travel pattern.
        • If a person who was unemployed but gained employment in the week before Census, their method of travel to work would not be captured. The sequencing of questions is based on labour force status in the week before Census.
        • If a person rides a bicycle a couple days per week, but ‘usually’ catches the bus, the Method of travel to work focuses on the activity specific to Census day, to capture the minor mode of travel i.e. bicycle.

        Walked only

        If a person walked some of the way to work and used other methods, it is not included as an additional method. For example, if they walked then caught the bus, then ‘Bus’ only should be selected. Only if the person walked all the way to work, should ‘Walked only’ be selected.

        Lockdown

        A number of regions across the country were in various stages of lockdown on Census day, and the week preceding it, resulting in a greater number of people working from their homes.  Not only may this impact their responses for their place of work, but also, their travel to work.  Guidance on how to correctly respond was provided at the time on the Census website, as follows:

        Answering questions about your workplace and job role

        If you are currently working from home due to COVID restrictions, but usually attend a workplace, please write the employer's usual workplace address.

        Answering questions about whether you had a job

        If you were employed in the 4 weeks prior to the current lockdown period, but haven't been able to work in the last week due to lockdown or requirement to self-isolate, please select 'Yes, but absent on holidays, on paid leave, on strike or temporarily stood down'.

        Answering questions about your workplace and job role

        If you were employed in the 4 weeks prior to the current lockdown period, but haven't been able to work in the last week due to COVID restrictions or requirement to self-isolate, please answer all questions reflecting your usual occupation. This includes your role (such as occupation and tasks performed) and  information about your employer (such as industry and number of employees). 

        Related variables and glossary terms

        • Method of travel to work (MTWP)
        • Method of travel to work (15 modes) (MTW15P)
        • Place of usual residence (PURP)
        • Place of work (POWP)
        • Distance to work (ranges) (DTWP)

        Other ABS sources