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Local workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within the Canberra Region, the have a lower proportion of people using public transport to get to work than NSW.

This data reveals the main modes of transport used by local workers in a particular industry to get to work. Workforce transport data for the Canberra Region is very useful in transport planning as it informs decision-makers about the effectiveness and availability of 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 (For instance, industries located near railway stations are likely to have higher public transport use than those located away from main public transport routes);
  • The number of motor vehicles available from 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 Workers pace of residence and Residents Place of work for a clearer picture of where people come from to work in the the Canberra Region, and Employment locations for the Destination Zones they work in and how they arrive there.

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

Local workers method of travel to work
Canberra Region - All industries20112006Change
Main method of travelNumber%NSW %Number%NSW %2006 to 2011
Car, as driver40,32562.057.937,89658.756.8+2,429
Car, as passenger3,7125.75.04,1636.45.6-451
Train440.16.2450.15.4-1
Train and Car1170.21.31260.21.3-9
Train and other130.01.660.01.3+7
Train and multiple other methods200.00.480.00.3+12
Bus2910.43.73130.53.5-22
Bus and car520.10.3420.10.2+10
Bus and other (not train)90.00.140.00.1+5
Bus and two other methods (excluding train)30.00.000.00.0+3
Ferry90.00.2110.00.2-2
Tram00.00.090.00.0-9
Truck1,1651.81.21,5142.31.6-349
Motorbike/Motor scooter3790.60.64780.70.6-99
Bicycle3040.50.83780.60.7-74
Taxi/Other6261.00.76261.00.80
Other - multiple methods3620.60.63330.50.5+29
Walked only4,0486.24.14,6957.34.5-647
Worked at home5,7708.94.75,7829.04.9-12
Did not go to work7,08010.99.67,35811.410.5-278
Not stated6811.01.07761.21.1-95

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

Local workers method of travel to work, 2011
Local workers method of travel to work, 2011 Car, as driver, NSW: 57.9% Car, as passenger, NSW: 5.0% Train, NSW: 6.2% Train and Car, NSW: 1.3% Train and other, NSW: 1.6% Train and multiple other methods, NSW: 0.4% Bus, NSW: 3.7% Bus and car, NSW: 0.3% Bus and other (not train), NSW: 0.1% Bus and two other methods (excluding train), NSW: 0.0% Ferry, NSW: 0.2% Tram, NSW: 0.0% Truck, NSW: 1.2% Motorbike/Motor scooter, NSW: 0.6% Bicycle, NSW: 0.8% Taxi/Other, NSW: 0.7% Other - multiple methods, NSW: 0.6% Worked at home, NSW: 4.7% Did not go to work, NSW: 9.6% Not stated, NSW: 1.0% Car, as driver, Canberra Region: 62.0% Car, as passenger, Canberra Region: 5.7% Train, Canberra Region: 0.1% Train and Car, Canberra Region: 0.2% Train and other, Canberra Region: 0.0% Train and multiple other methods, Canberra Region: 0.0% Bus, Canberra Region: 0.4% Bus and car, Canberra Region: 0.1% 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: 1.8% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Canberra Region: 0.6% Bicycle, Canberra Region: 0.5% Taxi/Other, Canberra Region: 1.0% Other - multiple methods, Canberra Region: 0.6% Worked at home, Canberra Region: 8.9% Did not go to work, Canberra Region: 10.9% Not stated, Canberra Region: 1.0%
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 workers method of travel to work, 2006 to 2011
Change in local workers method of travel to work, 2006 to 2011 Car, as driver, Canberra Region: +2,429 Car, as passenger, Canberra Region: -451 Train, Canberra Region: -1 Train and Car, Canberra Region: -9 Train and other, Canberra Region: +7 Train and multiple other methods, Canberra Region: +12 Bus, Canberra Region: -22 Bus and car, Canberra Region: +10 Bus and other (not train), Canberra Region: +5 Bus and two other methods (excluding train), Canberra Region: +3 Ferry, Canberra Region: -2 Tram, Canberra Region: -9 Truck, Canberra Region: -349 Motorbike/Motor scooter, Canberra Region: -99 Bicycle, Canberra Region: -74 Taxi/Other, Canberra Region: 0 Other - multiple methods, Canberra Region: +29 Worked at home, Canberra Region: -12 Did not go to work, Canberra Region: -278 Not stated, Canberra Region: -95
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 558 people in the who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Canberra Region, compared with 45,202 who drove in private vehicles (car – as driver, car – as passenger, motorbike, or truck).

Analysis of the method of travel to work of the in the Canberra Region in 2011 compared to NSW shows that 0.9% used public transport, while 69.5% used a private vehicle, compared with 13.8% and 64.1% respectively in NSW.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the in the Canberra Region and NSW were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers who worked at home (8.9% compared to 4.7%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers who travelled by car (as driver) (62.0% compared to 57.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers who travelled by train (0.1% compared to 6.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers who travelled by bus (0.4% compared to 3.7%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Car, as driver (+2,429 local workers)
  • Walked only (-647 local workers)
  • Car, as passenger (-451 local workers)
  • Truck (-349 local workers)

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