A new RAC report, Employment Self-sufficiency Health Check: Planning for Perth’s Congestion Challenges shows the State is falling behind set targets to create employment opportunities close to where people live, as a means of reducing congestion.

RAC General Manager Corporate Affairs, Will Golsby, said Perth residents typically travel further to their work destination than Australians living in other capital cities.

“More than 30% travel at least 10 kilometres to work, while another 30% travel more than 20 kilometres,” Mr Golsby said.

The RAC would like to see the government and businesses prioritise the State Government’s Directions 2031 planning framework document, which sets out targets for decentralising employment and encourages employees to work close to home.

“This would help reduce congestion and ease pressure on rail and road links during peak times.”

The report can be downloaded here.