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West Coast Council area

Resident workers (Local) - Method of travel to work

The local labour force in West Coast Council area have a lower proportion of people using public transport to get to work than Greater Hobart.

Maximising access to employment is a key objective in any economic development strategy. Understanding the modes of transport West 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
West Coast Council area 20112006Change
Main method of travelNumber%Greater Hobart %Number%Greater Hobart %2006 to 2011
Car, as driver1,21260.160.51,16956.959.0+43
Car, as passenger1557.77.51798.77.7-24
Train30.10.030.10.00
Train and Car00.00.000.00.00
Train and other00.00.000.00.00
Train and multiple other methods00.00.030.10.0-3
Bus90.44.5130.64.5-4
Bus and car40.20.600.00.5+4
Bus and other (not train)00.00.000.00.10
Bus and two other methods (excluding train)00.00.100.00.10
Ferry00.00.000.00.00
Tram00.00.000.00.00
Truck100.50.8241.21.0-14
Motorbike/Motor scooter00.00.500.00.50
Bicycle80.40.960.30.9+2
Taxi/Other301.50.8221.10.8+8
Other - multiple methods60.30.870.30.6-1
Walked only21610.75.424411.96.2-28
Worked at home562.83.5683.33.4-12
Did not go to work26012.912.627813.512.9-18
Not stated472.31.3401.91.8+7

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, Greater Hobart: 60.5% Car, as passenger, Greater Hobart: 7.5% Train, Greater Hobart: 0.0% Train and Car, Greater Hobart: 0.0% Train and other, Greater Hobart: 0.0% Train and multiple other methods, Greater Hobart: 0.0% Bus, Greater Hobart: 4.5% Bus and car, Greater Hobart: 0.6% Bus and other (not train), Greater Hobart: 0.0% Bus and two other methods (excluding train), Greater Hobart: 0.1% Ferry, Greater Hobart: 0.0% Tram, Greater Hobart: 0.0% Truck, Greater Hobart: 0.8% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Greater Hobart: 0.5% Bicycle, Greater Hobart: 0.9% Taxi/Other, Greater Hobart: 0.8% Other - multiple methods, Greater Hobart: 0.8% Worked at home, Greater Hobart: 3.5% Did not go to work, Greater Hobart: 12.6% Not stated, Greater Hobart: 1.3% Car, as driver, West Coast Council area: 60.1% Car, as passenger, West Coast Council area: 7.7% Train, West Coast Council area: 0.1% Train and Car, West Coast Council area: 0.0% Train and other, West Coast Council area: 0.0% Train and multiple other methods, West Coast Council area: 0.0% Bus, West Coast Council area: 0.4% Bus and car, West Coast Council area: 0.2% Bus and other (not train), West Coast Council area: 0.0% Bus and two other methods (excluding train), West Coast Council area: 0.0% Ferry, West Coast Council area: 0.0% Tram, West Coast Council area: 0.0% Truck, West Coast Council area: 0.5% Motorbike/Motor scooter, West Coast Council area: 0.0% Bicycle, West Coast Council area: 0.4% Taxi/Other, West Coast Council area: 1.5% Other - multiple methods, West Coast Council area: 0.3% Worked at home, West Coast Council area: 2.8% Did not go to work, West Coast Council area: 12.9% Not stated, West Coast Council area: 2.3%
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, West Coast Council area: +43 Car, as passenger, West Coast Council area: -24 Train, West Coast Council area: 0 Train and Car, West Coast Council area: 0 Train and other, West Coast Council area: 0 Train and multiple other methods, West Coast Council area: -3 Bus, West Coast Council area: -4 Bus and car, West Coast Council area: +4 Bus and other (not train), West Coast Council area: 0 Bus and two other methods (excluding train), West Coast Council area: 0 Ferry, West Coast Council area: 0 Tram, West Coast Council area: 0 Truck, West Coast Council area: -14 Motorbike/Motor scooter, West Coast Council area: 0 Bicycle, West Coast Council area: +2 Taxi/Other, West Coast Council area: +8 Other - multiple methods, West Coast Council area: -1 Worked at home, West Coast Council area: -12 Did not go to work, West Coast Council area: -18 Not stated, West Coast Council area: +7
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 16 people in the local resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in West Coast Council area, compared with 1,377 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 West Coast Council area shows that 0.8% used public transport, while 68.3% used a private vehicle, compared with 5.3% and 68.8% respectively in Greater Hobart.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the local labour force in West Coast Council area and Greater Hobart were:

  • A larger percentage of local labour force who travelled to work by Walked only (10.7% compared to 5.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force who travelled to work by Bus (0.4% compared to 4.5%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Car, as driver (+43 local labour force)
  • Walked only (-28 local labour force)
  • Car, as passenger (-24 local labour force)
  • Did not go to work (-18 local labour force)

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