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Sutherland Shire

Resident workers (Local) - Method of travel to work

The local labour force in Sutherland Shire have a higher 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 Sutherland 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
Sutherland Shire 20112006Change
Main method of travelNumber%New South Wales %Number%New South Wales %2006 to 2011
Car, as driver67,16160.857.663,92659.456.4+3,235
Car, as passenger4,3854.05.04,8344.55.7-449
Train10,6649.76.29,1898.55.4+1,475
Train and Car3,2402.91.23,1462.91.2+94
Train and other1,1431.01.51,1461.11.3-3
Train and multiple other methods4190.40.43410.30.3+78
Bus4730.43.73630.33.4+110
Bus and car680.10.3810.10.2-13
Bus and other (not train)150.00.1180.00.1-3
Bus and two other methods (excluding train)70.00.090.00.0-2
Ferry200.00.2160.00.2+4
Tram220.00.0110.00.0+11
Truck1,1821.11.21,5811.51.6-399
Motorbike/Motor scooter4730.40.64460.40.6+27
Bicycle4460.40.74450.40.7+1
Taxi/Other5200.50.85610.50.8-41
Other - multiple methods5650.50.74060.40.5+159
Walked only2,3142.14.12,5552.44.4-241
Worked at home4,3674.04.63,9683.74.8+399
Did not go to work11,54310.49.512,79011.910.5-1,247
Not stated1,4431.31.51,7071.61.9-264

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, Sutherland Shire: 60.8% Car, as passenger, Sutherland Shire: 4.0% Train, Sutherland Shire: 9.7% Train and Car, Sutherland Shire: 2.9% Train and other, Sutherland Shire: 1.0% Train and multiple other methods, Sutherland Shire: 0.4% Bus, Sutherland Shire: 0.4% Bus and car, Sutherland Shire: 0.1% Bus and other (not train), Sutherland Shire: 0.0% Bus and two other methods (excluding train), Sutherland Shire: 0.0% Ferry, Sutherland Shire: 0.0% Tram, Sutherland Shire: 0.0% Truck, Sutherland Shire: 1.1% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Sutherland Shire: 0.4% Bicycle, Sutherland Shire: 0.4% Taxi/Other, Sutherland Shire: 0.5% Other - multiple methods, Sutherland Shire: 0.5% Worked at home, Sutherland Shire: 4.0% Did not go to work, Sutherland Shire: 10.4% Not stated, Sutherland Shire: 1.3%
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, Sutherland Shire: +3,235 Car, as passenger, Sutherland Shire: -449 Train, Sutherland Shire: +1,475 Train and Car, Sutherland Shire: +94 Train and other, Sutherland Shire: -3 Train and multiple other methods, Sutherland Shire: +78 Bus, Sutherland Shire: +110 Bus and car, Sutherland Shire: -13 Bus and other (not train), Sutherland Shire: -3 Bus and two other methods (excluding train), Sutherland Shire: -2 Ferry, Sutherland Shire: +4 Tram, Sutherland Shire: +11 Truck, Sutherland Shire: -399 Motorbike/Motor scooter, Sutherland Shire: +27 Bicycle, Sutherland Shire: +1 Taxi/Other, Sutherland Shire: -41 Other - multiple methods, Sutherland Shire: +159 Worked at home, Sutherland Shire: +399 Did not go to work, Sutherland Shire: -1,247 Not stated, Sutherland Shire: -264
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 16,049 people in the local resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Sutherland Shire, compared with 72,750 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 Sutherland Shire shows that 14.5% used public transport, while 65.9% 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 Sutherland Shire and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of local labour force who travelled to work by Train (9.7% compared to 6.2%)
  • A larger percentage of local labour force who travelled to work by Car, as driver (60.8% compared to 57.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force who travelled to work by Bus (0.4% compared to 3.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force who travelled to work by Walked only (2.1% compared to 4.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Car, as driver (+3,235 local labour force)
  • Train (+1,475 local labour force)
  • Did not go to work (-1,247 local labour force)
  • Car, as passenger (-449 local labour force)

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