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The cost of petrol for a yearly commute to work



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This FACT indicates the total yearly cost of petrol that a person would spend on travel to and from work in each Australian capital city. For this indicator, the distance travelled, as well as the average cost of ULP gas, affects the outcome. The total number of registered vehicles, the percentage of passenger vehicles, the amount of fuel consumed, and the distance travelled per vehicle on average were considered to determine the average fuel consumption of all passenger vehicles in Australia. The most common routes to work for each city were used from the Australian Railways Association to calculate the final cost of petrol for a yearly commute to work.

The numbers do not include costs for vehicle maintenance, registration, insurance, road tolls, or the social cost of congestion. When considering the above, it is evident that for many, using public transport would be a cheaper option. The size and age of family members however, plus access to public transport connections, make driving more convenient.

NOTE: Average commute distance to work not found for Darwin, so figure not given.

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Source: The Australasian Railway Associate; ABS; RACQ 2008-2018

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