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Resident workers (Local) - Method of travel to work

The local labour force in the Central Coast Council area 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 the Central Coast Council area'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
Central Coast Council area 20112006Change
Main method of travelNumber%New South Wales %Number%New South Wales %2006 to 2011
Car, as driver81,95862.657.672,40260.056.4+9,556
Car, as passenger7,0075.35.07,5446.25.7-537
Train4,9103.76.24,5613.85.4+349
Train and Car2,7362.11.22,7452.31.2-9
Train and other1,2621.01.51,2001.01.3+62
Train and multiple other methods7090.50.45610.50.3+148
Bus1,4421.13.71,2621.03.4+180
Bus and car1990.20.31780.10.2+21
Bus and other (not train)100.00.1190.00.1-9
Bus and two other methods (excluding train)470.00.0380.00.0+9
Ferry330.00.2230.00.2+10
Tram180.00.070.00.0+11
Truck1,7781.41.22,1171.81.6-339
Motorbike/Motor scooter5770.40.65390.40.6+38
Bicycle3680.30.74630.40.7-95
Taxi/Other6780.50.85730.50.8+105
Other - multiple methods1,0400.80.76950.60.5+345
Walked only2,4671.94.12,6062.24.4-139
Worked at home5,9204.54.65,4084.54.8+512
Did not go to work15,68512.09.515,55712.910.5+128
Not stated2,1691.71.52,2151.81.9-46

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, Central Coast Council area: 62.6% Car, as passenger, Central Coast Council area: 5.3% Train, Central Coast Council area: 3.7% Train and Car, Central Coast Council area: 2.1% Train and other, Central Coast Council area: 1.0% Train and multiple other methods, Central Coast Council area: 0.5% Bus, Central Coast Council area: 1.1% Bus and car, Central Coast Council area: 0.2% Bus and other (not train), Central Coast Council area: 0.0% Bus and two other methods (excluding train), Central Coast Council area: 0.0% Ferry, Central Coast Council area: 0.0% Tram, Central Coast Council area: 0.0% Truck, Central Coast Council area: 1.4% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Central Coast Council area: 0.4% Bicycle, Central Coast Council area: 0.3% Taxi/Other, Central Coast Council area: 0.5% Other - multiple methods, Central Coast Council area: 0.8% Worked at home, Central Coast Council area: 4.5% Did not go to work, Central Coast Council area: 12.0% Not stated, Central Coast Council area: 1.7%
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, Central Coast Council area: +9,556 Car, as passenger, Central Coast Council area: -537 Train, Central Coast Council area: +349 Train and Car, Central Coast Council area: -9 Train and other, Central Coast Council area: +62 Train and multiple other methods, Central Coast Council area: +148 Bus, Central Coast Council area: +180 Bus and car, Central Coast Council area: +21 Bus and other (not train), Central Coast Council area: -9 Bus and two other methods (excluding train), Central Coast Council area: +9 Ferry, Central Coast Council area: +10 Tram, Central Coast Council area: +11 Truck, Central Coast Council area: -339 Motorbike/Motor scooter, Central Coast Council area: +38 Bicycle, Central Coast Council area: -95 Taxi/Other, Central Coast Council area: +105 Other - multiple methods, Central Coast Council area: +345 Worked at home, Central Coast Council area: +512 Did not go to work, Central Coast Council area: +128 Not stated, Central Coast Council area: -46
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 11,348 people in the local resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Central Coast Council area, compared with 90,761 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 Central Coast Council area shows that 8.7% used public transport, while 69.3% 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 Central Coast Council area and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of local labour force who travelled to work by Car, as driver (62.6% compared to 57.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local labour force who travelled to work by Did not go to work (12.0% compared to 9.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force who travelled to work by Bus (1.1% compared to 3.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force who travelled to work by Train (3.7% compared to 6.2%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel of work of the local labour force in the Central Coast Council area between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Car, as driver (+9,556 local labour force)
  • Car, as passenger (-537 local labour force)
  • Worked at home (+512 local labour force)
  • Train (+349 local labour force)

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