Identifying opportunities to address transport disadvantage in Perth: Project Overview

Sae Chi, Sharon Biermann, Tristan Reed

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The provision of transport services and infrastructure to access employment, education, medical appointments, shopping and social opportunities, is integral to enabling members of the community to meet their social and economic needs. Access to a wide range of opportunities contributes to economic growth and promotes wellbeing. Transport is an essential service to help meet government objectives around community access, enhancing social connectivity and addressing social exclusion and isolation. Transport disadvantage (TD) is a complex multidimensional concept, relating to deficiencies in transport choice and flexibility available to different population groups at various times, for various purposes.
As a first step to addressing TD, there is a need for policymakers to gain a deeper understanding of the local occurrence of TD in relation to its extent, spatial distribution and characteristics. This is required to ascertain the nature of the problem and inform the development of possible solutions to address it.
In this project, a TD risk score was developed to measure the relative level of risk of TD for different locations across Greater Perth, on the basis of accessibility and the proportion of at-risk population groups. While previous attempts at measuring TD focused on either accessibility or social disadvantage measures, the novel approach developed and adopted for the purposes of this research used a combination of accessibility and at-risk population proportions, normalised for comparative purposes, useful for identifying target locations for further detailed analysis to inform policy initiatives to reduce TD risk.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationPerth
PublisherPlanning and Transport Research Centre, University of Western Australia
Commissioning bodyPlanning and Transport Research Centre PaTReC
Number of pages58
Publication statusPublished - 19 Dec 2023


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