State Government of Victoria
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT
Victorian Transport
Statistics Portal

Help

This section provides help for people using the Department of Transport's Victorian Transport Statistics Portal.  The current site has been revised and updated based on feedback provided on the original site.

Objective

The Victorian Transport Statistics Portal provides transport related data and other data of interest from a transport perspective from a number of sources.   It is a database that can be interrogated to profile transport issues at a Local Government Area (LGA) level.  For many datasets, it can also provide profiles at the Statistical Local Area (SLA) level or for Melbourne, Greater Melbourne Area, Balance of Victoria or Victoria overall.  The latest version of the site also allows some data to be profiled by ABS Suburbs, SA2s, SA3s and SA4s.

How to use the site

The site is divided into six “tabs” or areas, each with a different function.  These areas are:
•    Home – is the starting point for the site which provides the ability to profile a single area for a particular topic
•    Data table and graph – provides the ability to investigate a particular metric across multiple geographic areas in either table or graph format
•    Map – allows the user to map the results for a particular metric using tailored colour-coded groupings
•    Glossary – provides definitions of key terms used on the site
•    Help – provides help for users
•    Contact us – provides contact details if more information is required

Home page

In order to use the functionality on the home page, you need to select an option from each of the dropdown menus on the left hand side of the page and then hit the GO button.

Use the drop down menus to the left to:

1.    Select a geography type and a relevant area from within that geography type.
2.    Select a topic.
3.    Hit the Go button to have your data presented.
4.    Use the Copy or Print functions to export your data for future use.

Tip: Click on the Home Tab at any time to return to the home page.


Data table and graph

The Data table and graph tab gives you the capability to run reports for a particular data type that compares results between selected geographies.  For example, you can select as many LGAs as you like and can compare them for a particular dataset.  The results for each comparison can be presented graphically or as a table.

Use the “i” buttons for more information on how to use this function.

Tip: Hold down the Control (CTRL) key to select more than one area or hold down the Shift key to select a group of areas at one time.

1.    Follow the sequence of numbers by selecting an option from each drop-down list – each option will turn green once selected
2.    Select an option for how you would like your data to be displayed (graph or table)
3.    Hit the Show Report button to have your data presented.  If the Show Report button is not active, you may not have selected an option from each drop-down list
4.    Use the Copy function to export your data for future use

Tip: Make sure you have selected an option from all dropdown lists

Map

The new mapping functionality in the site allows for data to be presented as colours on a map of Victoria or metropolitan Melbourne.

To generate results in a map format, follow these instructions:

1. Follow the sequence of numbers by selecting an option from each drop-down list – each option will   
    turn green once selected
2. When you are ready, hit the Generate Map button to generate your map. If the Generate Map button
    is not active, you may not have selected an option from each drop-down list

The map will default to three groupings of the data (with three separate colours) with “equal range” cut-offs.  The number of groupings can be modified between three and five using the drop down list to the right of the map.The definitions of the three cut-off options are as follows:

Equal range – divides the data into three, four or five equal ranges

Equal count – calculate three, four or five ranges which results in an equal proportion of geographic areas in each range

Custom range – define your own ranges

To re-generate the map using the new options, simply click on Refresh Map button.
 
The Transport Layers options allow you to customise your map by adding (or removing) related infrastructure such as the metropolitan and regional passenger train network, train stations and tram network.  Simply tick the box to include the detail, or click again to remove from the map.

When you have customised your map, you can export your map as a PDF or JPEG file selecting the format in the Download drop down menu to the right of the map, and then click the Export button.  The data table will be exported for the PDF option as page 2 and on.

Tip: At any time, click on the Map tab again to start again


What if no data is showing?

There are a number of reasons why your query might be returning no data

1. Have you made a selection from every dropdown menu?
2. Have you hit the Go button (or the Show Report button or the Generate Map button)?
3. It is possible you have selected a geographic area where no data exists. For example, the Surveys of travel attitudes and behaviours captured data only from Melbourne metropolitan LGAs.This means that if you have selected a regional LGA or an SLA, no data will be shown for this data set.

What if the wrong data is showing?

When using some older Internet browsers, the tables, graphs or maps in some tabs may not be updated when you change the selections. In this circumstance, hit the refresh button (or the F5 key) to see the correct table or graph.

What if I am getting an error message?

When using some older internet browsers, hitting the "back" button will result in an error message: "Warning Page has Expired". In this circumstance, hit the refresh button (or the F5 key) to return to the portal.

If you are getting an "Operation Aborted" error message, you will need to hit the refresh button or the F5 key) to return to the home page, or close down the browser and start again.

If this is a persistent error, there are a couple of things that you can do to rectify the problem:

1. Be patient after you have hit the GO button to request a data table. The 'Operation Aborted' error occurs when the current table is not fully loaded and a further request is made. Give the system a few seconds before making your next choice.
2. Try deleting the Internet temporary files to provide the system with more memory. In Internet Explorer 6.0, go to the menu option - Tools > Internet Options. On the General Tab there are options to Delete Cookies and Delete Files.
3. The problem is most frequent in Internet Explorer 6.0. If you are able to on your computer you can try upgrading to a newer version of Internet Explorer or Firefox to eliminate the errors.

What if my graphs are not appearing?

When using some older Internet browsers, some graphs will not display properly and instead a small red cross will appear.  In this circumstance, you will need to close down the browser and start again.

Why can’t I see the “info button” text?

When using some older Internet browsers, the “info button” text is obscured by the dropdown menus.  Unfortunately, other than upgrading to a newer browser, there is no solution to this problem.