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Percentage of households without a motor vehicle



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Because of Australia's vast distances and the tendency of many Australians to live in both inner and outer city suburbs - as opposed to the CBD - vehicle ownership in Australia is widespread.

This FACT indicates the number of registered motor vehicles (including company owned vehicles) that are garaged or parked at or near private dwellings on census night. Motorbikes, scooters and tractors are excluded.  Even when making frequent use of public transport, many Australians opt to own a car. This indicator shows the percentage of households that have not registered a motor vehicle in 2016. Vehicle registration is the compulsory registration of a vehicle to a government authority. The purpose of this registration is to establish clear ownership and therefore to tax motorists or vehicle owners. This FACT was obtained from ABS statistics regarding the number of motor vehicle registrations, registered to a single dwelling in each respective city.

The city with the highest percentage of households without a registered vehicle is Sydney, at 11.1 percent. The lowest is Perth, at 4.9 percent.


Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2017

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