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The Hills Shire

Resident workers (Local) - Method of travel to work

The local labour force in The Hills 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 Hills 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

PLEASE NOTE: The data presented on this page is based on the previous boundary and has not been adjusted to align with the new LGA boundary that came into effect on 12th May 2016. Work to align the data to the new boundary is currently underway.

Local resident workers method of travel to work
The Hills Shire 20112006Change
Main method of travelNumber%New South Wales %Number%New South Wales %2006 to 2011
Car, as driver55,70863.857.654,25164.556.4+1,457
Car, as passenger3,6094.15.04,0684.85.7-459
Train1,0691.26.21,3031.55.4-234
Train and Car1,2011.41.21,6331.91.2-432
Train and other8641.01.55530.71.3+311
Train and multiple other methods3580.40.43120.40.3+46
Bus6,4497.43.73,4344.13.4+3,015
Bus and car1,0301.20.36320.80.2+398
Bus and other (not train)180.00.1210.00.1-3
Bus and two other methods (excluding train)390.00.0290.00.0+10
Ferry90.00.290.00.20
Tram90.00.0120.00.0-3
Truck8631.01.21,0521.31.6-189
Motorbike/Motor scooter3740.40.63120.40.6+62
Bicycle2200.30.71570.20.7+63
Taxi/Other4510.50.83960.50.8+55
Other - multiple methods4140.50.73320.40.5+82
Walked only1,1701.34.11,2631.54.4-93
Worked at home4,7945.54.64,6055.54.8+189
Did not go to work7,6668.89.58,3549.910.5-688
Not stated1,0341.21.51,3651.61.9-331

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, The Hills Shire: 63.8% Car, as passenger, The Hills Shire: 4.1% Train, The Hills Shire: 1.2% Train and Car, The Hills Shire: 1.4% Train and other, The Hills Shire: 1.0% Train and multiple other methods, The Hills Shire: 0.4% Bus, The Hills Shire: 7.4% Bus and car, The Hills Shire: 1.2% Bus and other (not train), The Hills Shire: 0.0% Bus and two other methods (excluding train), The Hills Shire: 0.0% Ferry, The Hills Shire: 0.0% Tram, The Hills Shire: 0.0% Truck, The Hills Shire: 1.0% Motorbike/Motor scooter, The Hills Shire: 0.4% Bicycle, The Hills Shire: 0.3% Taxi/Other, The Hills Shire: 0.5% Other - multiple methods, The Hills Shire: 0.5% Worked at home, The Hills Shire: 5.5% Did not go to work, The Hills Shire: 8.8% Not stated, The Hills Shire: 1.2%
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, The Hills Shire: +1,457 Car, as passenger, The Hills Shire: -459 Train, The Hills Shire: -234 Train and Car, The Hills Shire: -432 Train and other, The Hills Shire: +311 Train and multiple other methods, The Hills Shire: +46 Bus, The Hills Shire: +3,015 Bus and car, The Hills Shire: +398 Bus and other (not train), The Hills Shire: -3 Bus and two other methods (excluding train), The Hills Shire: +10 Ferry, The Hills Shire: 0 Tram, The Hills Shire: -3 Truck, The Hills Shire: -189 Motorbike/Motor scooter, The Hills Shire: +62 Bicycle, The Hills Shire: +63 Taxi/Other, The Hills Shire: +55 Other - multiple methods, The Hills Shire: +82 Worked at home, The Hills Shire: +189 Did not go to work, The Hills Shire: -688 Not stated, The Hills Shire: -331
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 11,037 people in the local resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in The Hills Shire, compared with 60,189 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 Hills Shire shows that 12.6% used public transport, while 68.9% 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 The Hills Shire and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of local labour force who travelled to work by Car, as driver (63.8% compared to 57.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local labour force who travelled to work by Bus (7.4% compared to 3.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force who travelled to work by Train (1.2% compared to 6.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force who travelled to work by Walked only (1.3% compared to 4.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Bus (+3,015 local labour force)
  • Car, as driver (+1,457 local labour force)
  • Did not go to work (-688 local labour force)
  • Car, as passenger (-459 local labour force)

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