Workers choosing long commutes more than FIFO or DIDO

A LARGE chunk of Australians faced with a long commute to work are choosing to call regional Queensland home, a new study shows.

A commissioned study into long-travel commuters, found that fly-in, fly-out and drive-in, drive-out workers directly employed in the mining industry made up less than a quarter of all long distance commuters in Australia.

DIDO is defined as a car commute in excess of 100km.

The KPMG study, released on Monday, found regional Queensland was home to the second largest population of long distance commuters in Australia, behind Perth.

The study found 18,685 long distance commuters chose to reside in regional Queensland but only 7285 commuted out to the mining destinations.

Mackay is home to the biggest population of people who commute to mining destinations, followed by Townsville.

But the Sunshine and Gold Coast account for 7136 and 4122 people respectively who opt for long distance commuting, such as the drive to Brisbane.

It seems a majority of the long distance commuter population - 64,056 - are actually confined to commuting in and around Australia's capital cities.

A total of 55,962 Australians commuted to nine sampled mining regions such as the Bowen and Galilee Basins.

As at the 2011 census, 213,773 Australians were long distance commuting.

The overall total included more than 28,000 construction workers, 14,000 public servants and more than 15,000 manufacturing employers.

Healthcare workers also account for 13,000 of Australia's long distance commuter population just in front of the 12,000 people engaged in scientific research, architecture, engineering, IT and vet science.

The KPMG report was compiled for the Minerals Council of Australia, the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association and SkillsDMC.