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RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region

Resident workers (Local) - Method of travel to work

The local labour force in the RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region have a lower proportion of people using public transport to get to work than Queensland.

Maximising access to employment is a key objective in any economic development strategy. Understanding the modes of transport the RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region'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
RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region 20112006Change
Main method of travelNumber%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2006 to 2011
Car, as driver63,27563.361.256,35960.559.7+6,916
Car, as passenger7,1237.16.17,1287.76.8-5
Train420.02.1370.02.0+5
Train and Car120.00.870.00.7+5
Train and other00.00.440.00.3-4
Train and multiple other methods100.00.290.00.1+1
Bus9631.03.36950.72.9+268
Bus and car1330.10.4870.10.3+46
Bus and other (not train)50.00.0210.00.1-16
Bus and two other methods (excluding train)370.00.1150.00.0+22
Ferry310.00.1710.10.2-40
Tram00.00.060.00.0-6
Truck1,7171.71.32,0002.11.6-283
Motorbike/Motor scooter1,0811.10.91,2301.31.1-149
Bicycle9871.01.11,2821.41.1-295
Taxi/Other9731.00.98730.90.9+100
Other - multiple methods7330.70.86410.70.6+92
Walked only4,0024.03.74,2354.54.0-233
Worked at home6,3606.44.96,6437.15.1-283
Did not go to work10,69910.710.29,97210.710.8+727
Not stated1,7681.81.41,7901.91.7-22

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, Queensland: 61.2% Car, as passenger, Queensland: 6.1% Train, Queensland: 2.1% Train and Car, Queensland: 0.8% Train and other, Queensland: 0.4% Train and multiple other methods, Queensland: 0.2% Bus, Queensland: 3.3% Bus and car, Queensland: 0.4% Bus and other (not train), Queensland: 0.0% Bus and two other methods (excluding train), Queensland: 0.1% Ferry, Queensland: 0.1% Tram, Queensland: 0.0% Truck, Queensland: 1.3% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Queensland: 0.9% Bicycle, Queensland: 1.1% Taxi/Other, Queensland: 0.9% Other - multiple methods, Queensland: 0.8% Worked at home, Queensland: 4.9% Did not go to work, Queensland: 10.2% Not stated, Queensland: 1.4% Car, as driver, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 63.3% Car, as passenger, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 7.1% Train, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 0.0% Train and Car, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 0.0% Train and other, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 0.0% Train and multiple other methods, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 0.0% Bus, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 1.0% Bus and car, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 0.1% Bus and other (not train), RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 0.0% Bus and two other methods (excluding train), RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 0.0% Ferry, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 0.0% Tram, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 0.0% Truck, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 1.7% Motorbike/Motor scooter, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 1.1% Bicycle, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 1.0% Taxi/Other, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 1.0% Other - multiple methods, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 0.7% Worked at home, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 6.4% Did not go to work, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 10.7% Not stated, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 1.8%
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, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: +6,916 Car, as passenger, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: -5 Train, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: +5 Train and Car, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: +5 Train and other, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: -4 Train and multiple other methods, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: +1 Bus, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: +268 Bus and car, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: +46 Bus and other (not train), RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: -16 Bus and two other methods (excluding train), RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: +22 Ferry, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: -40 Tram, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: -6 Truck, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: -283 Motorbike/Motor scooter, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: -149 Bicycle, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: -295 Taxi/Other, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: +100 Other - multiple methods, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: +92 Worked at home, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: -283 Did not go to work, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: +727 Not stated, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: -22
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 1,233 people in the local resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region, compared with 72,115 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 RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region shows that 1.2% used public transport, while 72.2% used a private vehicle, compared with 7.4% and 68.6% respectively in Queensland.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the local labour force in the RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local labour force who travelled to work by Car, as driver (63.3% compared to 61.2%)
  • A larger percentage of local labour force who travelled to work by Worked at home (6.4% compared to 4.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force who travelled to work by Bus (1.0% compared to 3.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force who travelled to work by Train (0.0% compared to 2.1%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel of work of the local labour force in the RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Car, as driver (+6,916 local labour force)
  • Did not go to work (+727 local labour force)
  • Bicycle (-295 local labour force)
  • Truck (-283 local labour force)

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