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Resident workers (Local) - Method of travel to work

The local labour force in the Canberra Region have a lower proportion of people using public transport to get to work than Regional NSW.

Maximising access to employment is a key objective in any economic development strategy. Understanding the modes of transport the Canberra Region'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
Canberra Region 20112006Change
Main method of travelNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2006 to 2011
Car, as driver61,12664.665.253,66161.261.8+7,465
Car, as passenger6,0666.45.96,1277.06.6-61
Train580.10.5650.10.5-7
Train and Car580.10.2520.10.2+6
Train and other00.00.1130.00.1-13
Train and multiple other methods180.00.170.00.0+11
Bus6630.70.86320.70.8+31
Bus and car1730.20.11230.10.1+50
Bus and other (not train)00.00.0160.00.0-16
Bus and two other methods (excluding train)120.00.070.00.0+5
Ferry140.00.0180.00.0-4
Tram00.00.0150.00.0-15
Truck1,8031.91.52,1312.42.0-328
Motorbike/Motor scooter5980.60.77560.90.7-158
Bicycle4470.50.74910.60.8-44
Taxi/Other8360.90.87500.90.8+86
Other - multiple methods7140.80.75250.60.6+189
Walked only4,2094.44.14,6735.34.7-464
Worked at home6,0856.45.76,2027.16.4-117
Did not go to work10,22110.811.39,80411.211.9+417
Not stated1,4861.61.61,5561.81.9-70

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, Regional NSW: 65.2% Car, as passenger, Regional NSW: 5.9% Train, Regional NSW: 0.5% Train and Car, Regional NSW: 0.2% Train and other, Regional NSW: 0.1% Train and multiple other methods, Regional NSW: 0.1% Bus, Regional NSW: 0.8% Bus and car, Regional NSW: 0.1% Bus and other (not train), Regional NSW: 0.0% Bus and two other methods (excluding train), Regional NSW: 0.0% Ferry, Regional NSW: 0.0% Tram, Regional NSW: 0.0% Truck, Regional NSW: 1.5% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Regional NSW: 0.7% Bicycle, Regional NSW: 0.7% Taxi/Other, Regional NSW: 0.8% Other - multiple methods, Regional NSW: 0.7% Worked at home, Regional NSW: 5.7% Did not go to work, Regional NSW: 11.3% Not stated, Regional NSW: 1.6% Car, as driver, Canberra Region: 64.6% Car, as passenger, Canberra Region: 6.4% Train, Canberra Region: 0.1% Train and Car, Canberra Region: 0.1% Train and other, Canberra Region: 0.0% Train and multiple other methods, Canberra Region: 0.0% Bus, Canberra Region: 0.7% Bus and car, Canberra Region: 0.2% Bus and other (not train), Canberra Region: 0.0% Bus and two other methods (excluding train), Canberra Region: 0.0% Ferry, Canberra Region: 0.0% Tram, Canberra Region: 0.0% Truck, Canberra Region: 1.9% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Canberra Region: 0.6% Bicycle, Canberra Region: 0.5% Taxi/Other, Canberra Region: 0.9% Other - multiple methods, Canberra Region: 0.8% Worked at home, Canberra Region: 6.4% Did not go to work, Canberra Region: 10.8% Not stated, Canberra Region: 1.6%
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, Canberra Region: +7,465 Car, as passenger, Canberra Region: -61 Train, Canberra Region: -7 Train and Car, Canberra Region: +6 Train and other, Canberra Region: -13 Train and multiple other methods, Canberra Region: +11 Bus, Canberra Region: +31 Bus and car, Canberra Region: +50 Bus and other (not train), Canberra Region: -16 Bus and two other methods (excluding train), Canberra Region: +5 Ferry, Canberra Region: -4 Tram, Canberra Region: -15 Truck, Canberra Region: -328 Motorbike/Motor scooter, Canberra Region: -158 Bicycle, Canberra Region: -44 Taxi/Other, Canberra Region: +86 Other - multiple methods, Canberra Region: +189 Worked at home, Canberra Region: -117 Did not go to work, Canberra Region: +417 Not stated, Canberra Region: -70
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 996 people in the local resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Canberra Region, compared with 68,995 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 Canberra Region shows that 1.1% used public transport, while 72.9% used a private vehicle, compared with 1.8% and 72.7% respectively in Regional NSW.

There were no major differences in method of travel to work between the local labour force in the Canberra Region and NSW in 2011.

Emerging groups

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

  • Car, as driver (+7,465 local labour force)
  • Walked only (-464 local labour force)
  • Did not go to work (+417 local labour force)
  • Truck (-328 local labour force)

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