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West Coast Council area

Local workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within West Coast Council area, the have a lower proportion of people using public transport to get to work than Tasmania.

This data reveals the main modes of transport used by local workers in a particular industry to get to work. Workforce transport data for West Coast Council area 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 West Coast Council area, 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
West Coast Council area - All industries20112006Change
Main method of travelNumber%Tasmania %Number%Tasmania %2006 to 2011
Car, as driver1,39360.763.71,19058.662.0+203
Car, as passenger1647.16.81688.37.0-4
Train00.00.000.00.00
Train and Car30.10.000.00.0+3
Train and other00.00.000.00.00
Train and multiple other methods00.00.000.00.00
Bus60.32.530.12.4+3
Bus and car00.00.400.00.30
Bus and other (not train)00.00.100.00.00
Bus and two other methods (excluding train)00.00.100.00.00
Ferry30.10.000.00.0+3
Tram00.00.000.00.00
Truck90.40.9180.91.2-9
Motorbike/Motor scooter00.00.500.00.50
Bicycle70.30.670.30.70
Taxi/Other281.20.9160.80.8+12
Other - multiple methods110.50.770.30.6+4
Walked only2219.65.023511.65.8-14
Worked at home552.44.5643.24.9-9
Did not go to work35815.612.330314.912.4+55
Not stated381.71.0190.91.2+19

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, Tasmania: 63.7% Car, as passenger, Tasmania: 6.8% Train, Tasmania: 0.0% Train and Car, Tasmania: 0.0% Train and other, Tasmania: 0.0% Train and multiple other methods, Tasmania: 0.0% Bus, Tasmania: 2.5% Bus and car, Tasmania: 0.4% Bus and other (not train), Tasmania: 0.1% Bus and two other methods (excluding train), Tasmania: 0.1% Ferry, Tasmania: 0.0% Tram, Tasmania: 0.0% Truck, Tasmania: 0.9% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Tasmania: 0.5% Bicycle, Tasmania: 0.6% Taxi/Other, Tasmania: 0.9% Other - multiple methods, Tasmania: 0.7% Worked at home, Tasmania: 4.5% Did not go to work, Tasmania: 12.3% Not stated, Tasmania: 1.0% Car, as driver, West Coast Council area: 60.7% Car, as passenger, West Coast Council area: 7.1% Train, West Coast Council area: 0.0% Train and Car, West Coast Council area: 0.1% 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: 0.3% Bus and car, West Coast Council area: 0.0% 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: 0.1% Tram, West Coast Council area: 0.0% Truck, West Coast Council area: 0.4% Motorbike/Motor scooter, West Coast Council area: 0.0% Bicycle, West Coast Council area: 0.3% Taxi/Other, West Coast Council area: 1.2% Other - multiple methods, West Coast Council area: 0.5% Worked at home, West Coast Council area: 2.4% Did not go to work, West Coast Council area: 15.6% Not stated, West 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 workers method of travel to work, 2006 to 2011
Change in local workers method of travel to work, 2006 to 2011 Car, as driver, West Coast Council area: +203 Car, as passenger, West Coast Council area: -4 Train, West Coast Council area: 0 Train and Car, West Coast Council area: +3 Train and other, West Coast Council area: 0 Train and multiple other methods, West Coast Council area: 0 Bus, West Coast Council area: +3 Bus and car, West Coast Council area: 0 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: +3 Tram, West Coast Council area: 0 Truck, West Coast Council area: -9 Motorbike/Motor scooter, West Coast Council area: 0 Bicycle, West Coast Council area: 0 Taxi/Other, West Coast Council area: +12 Other - multiple methods, West Coast Council area: +4 Worked at home, West Coast Council area: -9 Did not go to work, West Coast Council area: +55 Not stated, West Coast Council area: +19
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 12 people in the who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in West Coast Council area, compared with 1,566 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 West Coast Council area in 2011 compared to Tasmania shows that 0.5% used public transport, while 68.2% used a private vehicle, compared with 3.0% and 71.5% respectively in Tasmania.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the in West Coast Council area and Tasmania were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers who walked only (9.6% compared to 5.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers who did not go to work (15.6% compared to 12.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers who travelled by car (as driver) (60.7% compared to 63.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers who travelled by bus (0.3% compared to 2.5%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Car, as driver (+203 local workers)
  • Did not go to work (+55 local workers)
  • Walked only (-14 local workers)
  • Taxi/Other (+12 local workers)

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