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Rising confidence about transport in Australia

Since a major fall in 2015, the latest Transport Opinion Survey (TOPS) index of transport confidence suggests public confidence is recovering. The index measures public confidence in transport infrastructure and services provided by local and national authorities.

In the short-term, the transport confidence index for local transport is at 110 in the September survey, which is a significant rise from 87 at the same time last year, and higher than 100 in March 2010 when this TOPS began.

The short-term index of transport confidence in one year’s time across Australia is back to over 100 for the first time since 2011 while long-term confidence over five years is at 104.

"Transport authorities should take this as a positive sign that their hard work to continue services through the challenges of the pandemic is working," Professor Hensher said.

About the Transport Opinion Survey

The Transport Opinion Survey is the only regular national survey to measure public opinion on transport-related issues.

The September survey was conducted between 31 August and 3 September 2020, during which a sample of 994 Australians aged over 18 years completed responses. The sample is representative of Australia’s population distribution and demographic characteristics.

The Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies has been conducting the survey biannually since 2010.

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