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Resident workers (Local) - Method of travel to work

The local labour force in the Gunnedah Shire 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 Gunnedah Shire'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
Gunnedah Shire 20112006Change
Main method of travelNumber%New South Wales %Number%New South Wales %2006 to 2011
Car, as driver3,24762.157.62,70057.756.4+547
Car, as passenger3616.95.03036.55.7+58
Train00.06.230.15.4-3
Train and Car00.01.200.01.20
Train and other00.01.500.01.30
Train and multiple other methods00.00.400.00.30
Bus170.33.7160.33.4+1
Bus and car00.00.300.00.20
Bus and other (not train)00.00.100.00.10
Bus and two other methods (excluding train)00.00.030.10.0-3
Ferry00.00.200.00.20
Tram00.00.000.00.00
Truck1282.41.21593.41.6-31
Motorbike/Motor scooter320.60.6290.60.6+3
Bicycle140.30.7200.40.7-6
Taxi/Other601.10.8661.40.8-6
Other - multiple methods330.60.7270.60.5+6
Walked only2725.24.13056.54.4-33
Worked at home4749.14.648710.44.8-13
Did not go to work4869.39.548210.310.5+4
Not stated1011.91.5831.81.9+18

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, Gunnedah Shire: 62.1% Car, as passenger, Gunnedah Shire: 6.9% Train, Gunnedah Shire: 0.0% Train and Car, Gunnedah Shire: 0.0% Train and other, Gunnedah Shire: 0.0% Train and multiple other methods, Gunnedah Shire: 0.0% Bus, Gunnedah Shire: 0.3% Bus and car, Gunnedah Shire: 0.0% Bus and other (not train), Gunnedah Shire: 0.0% Bus and two other methods (excluding train), Gunnedah Shire: 0.0% Ferry, Gunnedah Shire: 0.0% Tram, Gunnedah Shire: 0.0% Truck, Gunnedah Shire: 2.4% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Gunnedah Shire: 0.6% Bicycle, Gunnedah Shire: 0.3% Taxi/Other, Gunnedah Shire: 1.1% Other - multiple methods, Gunnedah Shire: 0.6% Worked at home, Gunnedah Shire: 9.1% Did not go to work, Gunnedah Shire: 9.3% Not stated, Gunnedah Shire: 1.9%
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, Gunnedah Shire: +547 Car, as passenger, Gunnedah Shire: +58 Train, Gunnedah Shire: -3 Train and Car, Gunnedah Shire: 0 Train and other, Gunnedah Shire: 0 Train and multiple other methods, Gunnedah Shire: 0 Bus, Gunnedah Shire: +1 Bus and car, Gunnedah Shire: 0 Bus and other (not train), Gunnedah Shire: 0 Bus and two other methods (excluding train), Gunnedah Shire: -3 Ferry, Gunnedah Shire: 0 Tram, Gunnedah Shire: 0 Truck, Gunnedah Shire: -31 Motorbike/Motor scooter, Gunnedah Shire: +3 Bicycle, Gunnedah Shire: -6 Taxi/Other, Gunnedah Shire: -6 Other - multiple methods, Gunnedah Shire: +6 Worked at home, Gunnedah Shire: -13 Did not go to work, Gunnedah Shire: +4 Not stated, Gunnedah Shire: +18
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 17 people in the local resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Gunnedah Shire, compared with 3,736 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 Gunnedah Shire shows that 0.3% used public transport, while 71.5% 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 Gunnedah Shire and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of local labour force who travelled to work by Car, as driver (62.1% compared to 57.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local labour force who travelled to work by Worked at home (9.1% compared to 4.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force who travelled to work by Train (0.0% compared to 6.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force who travelled to work by Bus (0.3% compared to 3.7%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Car, as driver (+547 local labour force)
  • Car, as passenger (+58 local labour force)
  • Walked only (-33 local labour force)
  • Truck (-31 local labour force)

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