Census of Population and Housing 1971: Journey to Work Table (tabulation 109)

What is the 1971 Census journey to work table (tabulation 109)?

Dimension of the data set

Record structure and details of classifications

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What is the 1971 Census journey to work table (tabulation 109)

Journey to work data were initially generated from the 1961 Census for use in the 1964 Transportation Study undertaken by the Melbourne Metropolitan Board of Works. This data was required to determine the existing and potential patterns of movement of people from their place of residence to work, their industry and their occupation, for projections of future need for new transport routes and the upgrading of existing routes. Journey to work tables were subsequently created from the 1966 Census for Melbourne and Sydney, and for a wider range of journey-to-work study areas in all later censuses.

The 1971 journey to work table (tabulation 109) gives counts of employed persons aged 15 years and over in the cross-classification of State by Study zone by Origin zone by Destination zone by Sex by Occupation by Industry. The study zones identified are Sydney-Wollongong, Newcastle, Melbourne-Geelong, Brisbane-Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Rockhampton, Townsville, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart, Launceston and Canberra-Queanbeyan. Each record of the data files contains a count of the number of persons in one cell of the tabulation.

Dimensions of data sets

The 1971 Census journey to work table consists of 7 data files, one for each of the six States and the ACT. The number of records in each file are:

New South Wales1 644 948
Victoria847 471
Queensland463 606
South Australia435 895
Western Australia169 598
Tasmania88 725
Australian Capital Territory49 754

The record length is 19 characters.


Record structure

Each record of the file contains information on one cell of the cross-tabulation, giving indicative values and a tally for the cell. The indicative values are the group codes of the characteristics which define a cell in the table. The tally is the number of persons counted in the census with that combination of characteristics. Cells with zero tally are omitted from the table.


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