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Information on number of motor vehicles and method of travel to work

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Key statistics

The 2021 Census insights include:

  • The average number of motor vehicles per household is 1.8.

  • 673,969 households don’t have a motor vehicle, primarily amongst lone households.

  • 91 per cent of households (91.3 per cent) reported having at least one vehicle and more than half (55.1 per cent) reported having two or more vehicles.

(a) Excludes motorbikes, motor scooters and heavy vehicles.

(b) Based on place of enumeration. Excludes visitor only and other non-classifiable households.

Data on how people travelled to work will be released in October 2022. The data will provide a picture of how COVID restrictions impacted on people’s travel to work.

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Transport data summary

Tables in this download:

  1. Number of motor vehicles by dwelling structure
  2. Number of motor vehicles by household composition

Transport data summary

Census data tools

Search Census data provides a simple way to understand an area at a glance.

  • QuickStats provides a summary of an area including demographics and tables on key characteristics of the people living in the area, their families and their dwellings.
  • Community Profiles provide a comprehensive statistical picture of an area in an Excel spreadsheet, delivering data relating to people, families and dwellings. 

Data Explorer is an interactive web browser where you can view, query and download data.

DataPacks contain comprehensive data about people, families and dwellings for all Census geographies ranging from Australia down to Statistical Area Level 1. 

Other ABS surveys

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Key questions in 2021 Census

This data is informed by responses to the following questions:

  • How many registered motor vehicles owned or used by residents of this dwelling were garaged or parked at or near this dwelling on the night of Tuesday 10 August 2021? 
  • How did the person get to work on Tuesday 10 August 2021? 
  • Where does the person usually live?
  • For the main job held last week, what was the person’s workplace address?

More information: Census of Population and Housing: Census dictionary - Transport

How Census data is used

Learn how Census data helps community groups, businesses and governments make important decisions.

Census data helps keep the remote community of Coen connected

The Coen Regional Aboriginal Corporation (CRAC) is an Aboriginal, locally run organisation that keeps the remote community of Coen connected and on the move. 

The organisation runs social and community programs – from bingo nights and health challenges to family respite and men’s/women’s groups.

Census data highlighted many people in Coen didn’t have a registered motor vehicle. Combined with staff local knowledge and understanding of their community, CRAC saw a lack of transport was preventing people from participating in programs and purchased a bus to provide transport across the community. 

The Coen bus is keeping the community connected by helping more people get to their programs. It supports travel to external community events, which are important to engage the local community and support participation in programs available in the wider region. 

“Having a bus within a remote community is a huge asset,” Lucretia Huen, General Manager at CRAC, said. 

“While most households have a vehicle, they don’t always have enough space to accommodate larger families. CRAC wanted to make sure that everyone could still attend the community programs and workshops.”

CRAC also hosts important events such as Survival March, Youth Day and NAIDOC events. 

“Census data has helped us plan programs to get our local people involved. The bus has helped the community to move around, and the data has helped our community to move forward,” said Lucretia.