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Growing pains for Brisbane commuting times

Lengthy commutes have repeatedly been shown to have enormous cost on our economy delaying workers getting to their place of employment and the flow of commerce.

The 2019 Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey (HILDA for short) has revealed that Brisbane’s commute times have blown out by 45 per cent over the past 15 years (the highest of all capital cities) and that Brisbane now has the second longest commute time only behind Sydney.

The below table shows that daily commuting times vary considerably between locations. In each year, average daily commuting times are longer in every capital city than in other areas of the same state. 

Within the group of capital cities, Sydneysiders have consistently had the longest average daily commutes, reaching approximately 71 minutes in 2017. The order of the other capital cities varies over the period but in 2017, people in Brisbane had the second-longest commute (approximately 67 minutes), followed by workers in Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide. 

A link to the HLIDA survey is available here

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