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Local labour force - Method of travel to work

The local labour force in the Armidale Regional Council has a lower proportion of people using public transport to get to work than New South Wales.

Maximising access to employment is a key objective in any economic development strategy. Understanding the modes of transport the Armidale Regional Council's local labour force uses (either within or outside the local area), informs decision-makers about the effectiveness of transport modes, routes and availability of local public transport.

There are a number of reasons why people use different Modes of Transport to get to work including:

  • The availability of affordable and effective public transport options between place of residence and place of work;
  • The number of motor vehicles available within a household; and
  • The travel distance to work, which for example, can allow people to walk or bicycle to their place of employment.

Method of Travel to Work data should be viewed in conjunction with Residents Place Of Work By Industry and for a clearer picture of where working residents are employed.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2006 and 2011 – by place of work

Local labour force method of travel to work
Armidale Regional Council 20112006Change
Main method of travelNumber%New South Wales %Number%New South Wales %2006 to 2011
Car, as driver6,48362.557.65,80359.056.4+680
Car, as passenger7547.35.07107.25.7+44
Train30.06.230.05.40
Train and Car00.01.230.01.2-3
Train and other00.01.540.01.3-4
Train and multiple other methods00.00.400.00.30
Bus840.83.7880.93.4-4
Bus and car30.00.330.00.20
Bus and other (not train)00.00.140.00.1-4
Bus and two other methods (excluding train)00.00.000.00.00
Ferry50.00.230.00.2+2
Tram00.00.000.00.00
Truck1451.41.21591.61.6-14
Motorbike/Motor scooter790.80.6971.00.6-18
Bicycle1131.10.71171.20.7-4
Taxi/Other1051.00.8971.00.8+8
Other - multiple methods860.80.7550.60.5+31
Walked only6466.24.17587.74.4-112
Worked at home5705.54.66306.44.8-60
Did not go to work1,17411.39.51,14011.610.5+34
Not stated1231.21.51591.61.9-36

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Local labour force method of travel to work, 2011
Local labour force method of travel to work, 2011 Car, as driver, New South Wales: 57.6% Car, as passenger, New South Wales: 5.0% Train, New South Wales: 6.2% Train and Car, New South Wales: 1.2% Train and other, New South Wales: 1.5% Train and multiple other methods, New South Wales: 0.4% Bus, New South Wales: 3.7% Bus and car, New South Wales: 0.3% Bus and other (not train), New South Wales: 0.1% Bus and two other methods (excluding train), New South Wales: 0.0% Ferry, New South Wales: 0.2% Tram, New South Wales: 0.0% Truck, New South Wales: 1.2% Motorbike/Motor scooter, New South Wales: 0.6% Bicycle, New South Wales: 0.7% Taxi/Other, New South Wales: 0.8% Other - multiple methods, New South Wales: 0.7% Worked at home, New South Wales: 4.6% Did not go to work, New South Wales: 9.5% Not stated, New South Wales: 1.5% Car, as driver, Armidale Regional Council: 62.5% Car, as passenger, Armidale Regional Council: 7.3% Train, Armidale Regional Council: 0.0% Train and Car, Armidale Regional Council: 0.0% Train and other, Armidale Regional Council: 0.0% Train and multiple other methods, Armidale Regional Council: 0.0% Bus, Armidale Regional Council: 0.8% Bus and car, Armidale Regional Council: 0.0% Bus and other (not train), Armidale Regional Council: 0.0% Bus and two other methods (excluding train), Armidale Regional Council: 0.0% Ferry, Armidale Regional Council: 0.0% Tram, Armidale Regional Council: 0.0% Truck, Armidale Regional Council: 1.4% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Armidale Regional Council: 0.8% Bicycle, Armidale Regional Council: 1.1% Taxi/Other, Armidale Regional Council: 1.0% Other - multiple methods, Armidale Regional Council: 0.8% Worked at home, Armidale Regional Council: 5.5% Did not go to work, Armidale Regional Council: 11.3% Not stated, Armidale Regional Council: 1.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in local labour force method of travel to work, 2006 to 2011
Change in local labour force method of travel to work, 2006 to 2011 Car, as driver, Armidale Regional Council: +680 Car, as passenger, Armidale Regional Council: +44 Train, Armidale Regional Council: 0 Train and Car, Armidale Regional Council: -3 Train and other, Armidale Regional Council: -4 Train and multiple other methods, Armidale Regional Council: 0 Bus, Armidale Regional Council: -4 Bus and car, Armidale Regional Council: 0 Bus and other (not train), Armidale Regional Council: -4 Bus and two other methods (excluding train), Armidale Regional Council: 0 Ferry, Armidale Regional Council: +2 Tram, Armidale Regional Council: 0 Truck, Armidale Regional Council: -14 Motorbike/Motor scooter, Armidale Regional Council: -18 Bicycle, Armidale Regional Council: -4 Taxi/Other, Armidale Regional Council: +8 Other - multiple methods, Armidale Regional Council: +31 Worked at home, Armidale Regional Council: -60 Did not go to work, Armidale Regional Council: +34 Not stated, Armidale Regional Council: -36
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

In 2011, there were 95 people in the local labour force who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Armidale Regional Council, compared with 7,382 who drove in private vehicles (car – as driver, car – as passenger, motorbike, or truck).

Analysis of the method of travel to work of the local labour force in the Armidale Regional Council shows that 0.9% used public transport, while 71.2% used a private vehicle, compared with 13.6% and 63.9% respectively in New South Wales.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the local labour force in the Armidale Regional Council and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled to work by Car, as driver (62.5% compared to 57.6%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled to work by Car, as passenger (7.3% compared to 5.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who travelled to work by Train (0.0% compared to 6.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who travelled to work by Bus (0.8% compared to 3.7%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel of work of the local labour force in the Armidale Regional Council between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Car, as driver (+680 people)
  • Walked only (-112 people)
  • Worked at home (-60 people)
  • Car, as passenger (+44 people)

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