City of Adelaide

Resident workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within the City of Adelaide, there is a higher proportion of resident All industries workers using public transport to get to work than the South Australia workforce.

Maximising access to employment is a key objective in any economic development strategy. Understanding the modes of transport the City of Adelaide'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 resident place of work for a clearer picture of where working residents are employed.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

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Resident workers method of travel to work
City of Adelaide 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%. South Australia%Number%. South Australia%2011 - 2016
Car, as driver3,25335.166.03,30536.463.8-52
Car, as passenger2963.24.63644.05.3-68
Motorbike/Motor scooter560.60.5650.70.5-9
Other - multiple methods1421.51.51211.31.5+21
Walked only2,49126.92.82,48827.43.2+3
Worked at home4354.74.44124.54.2+23
Did not go to work1,03711.210.71,01211.111.4+25
Not stated830.90.9740.81.4+9
Total 9,277100.0100.09,086100.0100.0+191

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

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Dominant groups

In 2016, there were 1,100 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in the City of Adelaide, compared with 3,609 who drove in private vehicles (car – as driver, car – as passenger, motorbike, or truck).

Analysis of the method of travel to work of the resident workers in the City of Adelaide shows that 11.9% used public transport, while 38.9% used a private vehicle, compared with 7.0% and 71.6% respectively in South Australia.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the resident workers in the City of Adelaide and the South Australia workforce were:

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by car, as driver (35.1% compared to 66.0%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers who walked only (26.9% compared to 2.8%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers who travelled by bus (8.8% compared to 4.7%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers who travelled by bicycle (3.7% compared to 1.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel to work of the resident workers in the City of Adelaide between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Bus (+108 resident workers)
  • Bicycle (+73 resident workers)
  • Car, as passenger (-68 resident workers)
  • Car, as driver (-52 resident workers)

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