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Resident workers (Local) - Method of travel to work

The local labour force in Ballina Shire have 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 Ballina Shire's local resident workers use (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 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 resident workers method of travel to work
Ballina Shire 20112006Change
Main method of travelNumber%New South Wales %Number%New South Wales %2006 to 2011
Car, as driver10,80665.157.610,07062.156.4+736
Car, as passenger8505.15.01,1086.85.7-258
Train60.06.260.05.40
Train and Car00.01.230.01.2-3
Train and other00.01.530.01.3-3
Train and multiple other methods70.00.460.00.3+1
Bus970.63.7790.53.4+18
Bus and car150.10.380.00.2+7
Bus and other (not train)00.00.190.10.1-9
Bus and two other methods (excluding train)00.00.000.00.00
Ferry50.00.230.00.2+2
Tram00.00.000.00.00
Truck2641.61.22731.71.6-9
Motorbike/Motor scooter1040.60.6940.60.6+10
Bicycle2511.50.72251.40.7+26
Taxi/Other1300.80.81070.70.8+23
Other - multiple methods1040.60.71110.70.5-7
Walked only6754.14.16654.14.4+10
Worked at home1,1316.84.61,2067.44.8-75
Did not go to work1,89411.49.51,95612.110.5-62
Not stated2561.51.52871.81.9-31

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

Local resident workers method of travel to work, 2011
Local resident workers 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, Ballina Shire: 65.1% Car, as passenger, Ballina Shire: 5.1% Train, Ballina Shire: 0.0% Train and Car, Ballina Shire: 0.0% Train and other, Ballina Shire: 0.0% Train and multiple other methods, Ballina Shire: 0.0% Bus, Ballina Shire: 0.6% Bus and car, Ballina Shire: 0.1% Bus and other (not train), Ballina Shire: 0.0% Bus and two other methods (excluding train), Ballina Shire: 0.0% Ferry, Ballina Shire: 0.0% Tram, Ballina Shire: 0.0% Truck, Ballina Shire: 1.6% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Ballina Shire: 0.6% Bicycle, Ballina Shire: 1.5% Taxi/Other, Ballina Shire: 0.8% Other - multiple methods, Ballina Shire: 0.6% Worked at home, Ballina Shire: 6.8% Did not go to work, Ballina Shire: 11.4% Not stated, Ballina Shire: 1.5%
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 resident workers method of travel to work, 2006 to 2011
Change in local resident workers method of travel to work, 2006 to 2011 Car, as driver, Ballina Shire: +736 Car, as passenger, Ballina Shire: -258 Train, Ballina Shire: 0 Train and Car, Ballina Shire: -3 Train and other, Ballina Shire: -3 Train and multiple other methods, Ballina Shire: +1 Bus, Ballina Shire: +18 Bus and car, Ballina Shire: +7 Bus and other (not train), Ballina Shire: -9 Bus and two other methods (excluding train), Ballina Shire: 0 Ferry, Ballina Shire: +2 Tram, Ballina Shire: 0 Truck, Ballina Shire: -9 Motorbike/Motor scooter, Ballina Shire: +10 Bicycle, Ballina Shire: +26 Taxi/Other, Ballina Shire: +23 Other - multiple methods, Ballina Shire: -7 Worked at home, Ballina Shire: -75 Did not go to work, Ballina Shire: -62 Not stated, Ballina Shire: -31
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 130 people in the local resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Ballina Shire, compared with 11,920 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 Ballina Shire shows that 0.8% used public transport, while 71.8% 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 Ballina Shire and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of local labour force who travelled to work by Car, as driver (65.1% compared to 57.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local labour force who travelled to work by Worked at home (6.8% compared to 4.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force who travelled to work by Train (0.0% compared to 6.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force who travelled to work by Bus (0.6% compared to 3.7%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel of work of the local labour force in Ballina Shire between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Car, as driver (+736 local labour force)
  • Car, as passenger (-258 local labour force)
  • Worked at home (-75 local labour force)
  • Did not go to work (-62 local labour force)

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