Is your daily commute too long? Australia's average work travel times revealed
Australians are now commuting an average of 4.5 hours per week, according to the latest Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey released this week, with Sydneysiders taking the longest to get to and from work.
The HILDA survey reveals that people in Sydney spent an average of 71 minutes commuting in 2017, with Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth an Adelaide workers copping nearly just as long travel times at 67, 65, 59 and 56 minutes respectively.
Nationwide, the average commute time is just under an hour, also taking into account people who work from home and have a zero-minute commute, which is up from 2002’s 49 minute time.
Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveals there are 19.5 million registered vehicles in Australia as of January 2019, an increase of 1.7 per cent in just 12 months.
The increased on-road traffic clearly adds to the nation’s ballooning commute time, but workers are also opting for public transport to make their way to and from work.
Rising inner-city property prices have also pushed families into the suburbs, with more men and women with dependent children, on average, commuting for longer than those with no kids.
HILDA data suggests that people who commute longer than two hours a day are more likely to be dissatisfied in their job and quit within the next 12 months.