Working Zones 2016

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This report provides an overview of the newly developed Australian 'working zone' (WZ) regions which have been compiled by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE). WZs are mutually exclusive regions delineated to reflect the commuting patterns of Australian workers. WZs are useful for spatial analysis of economic, social and policy issues at a regional level because they reflect the actual geographic behaviour of individuals, as opposed to other administrative and political boundaries. They are particularly useful for analysing labour markets, because individual WZs have minimal work-based commuting flows either into or out of adjoining WZs.