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Resident workers (Local) - Method of travel to work

The local labour force in the Balonne Shire have a lower proportion of people using public transport to get to work than Queensland.

Maximising access to employment is a key objective in any economic development strategy. Understanding the modes of transport the Balonne 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
Balonne Shire 20112006Change
Main method of travelNumber%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2006 to 2011
Car, as driver1,26255.061.21,23052.659.7+32
Car, as passenger1165.16.11797.76.8-63
Train00.02.100.02.00
Train and Car00.00.800.00.70
Train and other00.00.400.00.30
Train and multiple other methods00.00.200.00.10
Bus70.33.360.32.9+1
Bus and car00.00.400.00.30
Bus and other (not train)00.00.000.00.10
Bus and two other methods (excluding train)00.00.100.00.00
Ferry00.00.100.00.20
Tram00.00.000.00.00
Truck492.11.3462.01.6+3
Motorbike/Motor scooter221.00.9210.91.1+1
Bicycle221.01.1180.81.1+4
Taxi/Other210.90.9271.20.9-6
Other - multiple methods120.50.8160.70.6-4
Walked only24210.53.724010.34.0+2
Worked at home30913.54.933914.55.1-30
Did not go to work1747.610.21747.410.80
Not stated592.61.4431.81.7+16

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, Queensland: 61.2% Car, as passenger, Queensland: 6.1% Train, Queensland: 2.1% Train and Car, Queensland: 0.8% Train and other, Queensland: 0.4% Train and multiple other methods, Queensland: 0.2% Bus, Queensland: 3.3% Bus and car, Queensland: 0.4% Bus and other (not train), Queensland: 0.0% Bus and two other methods (excluding train), Queensland: 0.1% Ferry, Queensland: 0.1% Tram, Queensland: 0.0% Truck, Queensland: 1.3% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Queensland: 0.9% Bicycle, Queensland: 1.1% Taxi/Other, Queensland: 0.9% Other - multiple methods, Queensland: 0.8% Worked at home, Queensland: 4.9% Did not go to work, Queensland: 10.2% Not stated, Queensland: 1.4% Car, as driver, Balonne Shire: 55.0% Car, as passenger, Balonne Shire: 5.1% Train, Balonne Shire: 0.0% Train and Car, Balonne Shire: 0.0% Train and other, Balonne Shire: 0.0% Train and multiple other methods, Balonne Shire: 0.0% Bus, Balonne Shire: 0.3% Bus and car, Balonne Shire: 0.0% Bus and other (not train), Balonne Shire: 0.0% Bus and two other methods (excluding train), Balonne Shire: 0.0% Ferry, Balonne Shire: 0.0% Tram, Balonne Shire: 0.0% Truck, Balonne Shire: 2.1% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Balonne Shire: 1.0% Bicycle, Balonne Shire: 1.0% Taxi/Other, Balonne Shire: 0.9% Other - multiple methods, Balonne Shire: 0.5% Worked at home, Balonne Shire: 13.5% Did not go to work, Balonne Shire: 7.6% Not stated, Balonne Shire: 2.6%
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, Balonne Shire: +32 Car, as passenger, Balonne Shire: -63 Train, Balonne Shire: 0 Train and Car, Balonne Shire: 0 Train and other, Balonne Shire: 0 Train and multiple other methods, Balonne Shire: 0 Bus, Balonne Shire: +1 Bus and car, Balonne Shire: 0 Bus and other (not train), Balonne Shire: 0 Bus and two other methods (excluding train), Balonne Shire: 0 Ferry, Balonne Shire: 0 Tram, Balonne Shire: 0 Truck, Balonne Shire: +3 Motorbike/Motor scooter, Balonne Shire: +1 Bicycle, Balonne Shire: +4 Taxi/Other, Balonne Shire: -6 Other - multiple methods, Balonne Shire: -4 Worked at home, Balonne Shire: -30 Did not go to work, Balonne Shire: 0 Not stated, Balonne Shire: +16
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 7 people in the local resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Balonne Shire, compared with 1,427 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 Balonne Shire shows that 0.3% used public transport, while 62.2% used a private vehicle, compared with 7.4% and 68.6% respectively in Queensland.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the local labour force in the Balonne Shire and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local labour force who travelled to work by Worked at home (13.5% compared to 4.9%)
  • A larger percentage of local labour force who travelled to work by Walked only (10.5% compared to 3.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force who travelled to work by Car, as driver (55.0% compared to 61.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force who travelled to work by Bus (0.3% compared to 3.3%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Car, as passenger (-63 local labour force)
  • Car, as driver (+32 local labour force)
  • Worked at home (-30 local labour force)
  • Taxi/Other (-6 local labour force)

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