Transport Factsheet

This factsheet provides information about transport for people living in the City of Whitehorse.

Public Transport

In 2015, all Whitehorse residents lived within 400 metres of a bus stop and/or tram stop and/or within 800 metres of a train station (Department of Health and Human Services, 2015 Whitehorse Community Profile). This is considerably higher than the Victorian average at 74 per cent (although metropolitan municipalities would be expected to perform better in this respect).

Car Ownership 

Levels of car ownership for a household affect mobility and transport choices, with zero-car households relying more heavily on alternative transport modes. According to the 2016 Census, around half of households (50.8 per cent) in the City of Whitehorse had access to two or more motor vehicles, compared with 50.7 per cent for Greater Melbourne. A total of 8 per cent of households in Whitehorse do not own a car.

Figure 1 Car ownership
Figure 1: Car ownership

Mode of Travel to Work

In 2016, 14,480 people (or 19.4 per cent of residents) in Whitehorse caught public transport to work (train, bus or tram), compared with 46,134 (61.7 per cent) who drove in private vehicles (car – as driver, car – as passenger, motorbike, or truck).  

This is higher and lower than the equivalents for Greater Melbourne (at 15.6 per cent and 65.0 per cent respectively).  A small percentage of residents worked from home (4.6 per cent).  

The number of persons travelling by train increased by 21.1 per cent between 2011 and 2016.

Around 3 per cent of residents rode their bike or walked to work, which is less than the equivalent for Greater Melbourne at 4.4 per cent.

Figure 2 Mode of travel to work
Figure 2: Mode of travel to work

Road Safety

Data from VicRoads shows that between 2014 and 2018, there were 1,296 accidents where at least one person was killed or injured in Whitehorse. Of the 1,296 crashes, 15 people were killed, 349 people were seriously injured and 1,728 people sustained minor injuries.

Figure 3 Death rate due to road traffic crashes, 2014-2018
Figure 3: Death rate due to road traffic crashes 2014-2018
Source: VicRoads Crashstats & ABS Estimated Residential Population
Figure 4 Road injuries
Figure 4: Road injuries
Source: VicRoads, Crashstats database, viewed October 2019.

Drivers and passengers were involved in 75 per cent of all serious injuries and fatalities within Whitehorse during 2014 to 2018. Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists were involved in the remaining 25 per cent.

Figure 5 Road users killed or seriously injured in road crashes
Figure 5: Road users killed or seriously injured in road crashes
Source: VicRoads, Crashstats database, viewed October 2019.