REVEALED: the best and worst cities for commuters – and it is bad news for Sydneysiders who travel no less than 71 minutes a day
- Australians commute longer than ever according to a new report
- The average person now spends about an hour working every day
- Sydneysiders have the longest commuter traffic, but Melbourne and Brisbane are close by
- Western Australia's travel time has increased by 65.1 percent over the past 15 years
Australians commute longer than ever, but some cities have it better than others.
For decades study in the way the country lives, it appears that travel times have increased by more than 20 percent in the last 15 years, with average Australian spending about an hour each day going to and from work.
Sydneysiders face the longest journey, with employees who are on the road for about 71.1 minutes each day, but residents of Melbourne and Brisbane are not far behind and spend 65.4 and 66.7 minutes on the road every day.
Sydneysiders spend most of their time traveling to and from work, a report on the life of Australian shows (photo: traffic on the Sydney Harbor Bridge)
Residents living in Western Australia, outside of Perth, have seen the biggest leap. In 2002 they spent an average of 26.2 minutes on work, while in 2017 their commuter traffic had increased to 43.3 minutes.
In Perth, commuter traffic only jumped for around 10 minutes.
The Australian Capital Territory saw a similar increase, with commuters in 2002 traveling 31.3 minutes and 15.5 minutes later 51.5 minutes.
The data comes from the Study of Household Income and Work Dynamics in Australia, which has been following the lives of Australians throughout the country since 2002.
Their research shows that the expansion of commuter traffic affects not only the time that Australians need to roll out of bed, but also their health and their relationships.
& # 39; Long-term commuting has been repeatedly associated with reduced employee well-being and negative family outcomes & # 39 ;, the report reads.
Employees with longer commute were also more concerned about the longevity of their work, the report found, with participants who commuted longer reported a greater chance of leaving their job or losing their job in the following year than those with a shorter trip to work.
The report claims that longer commuting had an impact on family relationships and job satisfaction, with employees who spend longer periods of commuting more often looking for a new job
PUTTIME IN AUSTRALIA
DAILY MINUTES TRIP 2017
Source: HILDA report 2019
The report also showed that employees with longer journeys to work were looking for a new job earlier in the past four weeks.
Almost one in five people who commuted more than two hours a day were looking for work, compared to only 15 percent of those who travel less than an hour a day.
Todd Denham of the Center for Urban Research of RMIT said that a lack of infrastructure, especially in the suburbs of major cities, was partly to blame for the rising commuter traffic.
He told ABC that the government had to deposit money into more public transport services, rather than more roads, to help alleviate the situation.
& # 39; If there were a shift in the way our politicians think about these problems with congestion, there would be even more investment in rail and public transportation than in roads & # 39 ;, he said.
Todd Denham, from the RMIT's Urban Research Center, said the government should look into the financing of public road transport to shorten travel time
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