City of Adelaide

Local workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

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

This data reveals the main modes of transport used by local workers in a particular industry to get to work. Workforce transport data for the City of Adelaide is very useful in transport planning as it informs decision-makers about the effectiveness and availability of 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 (For instance, industries located near railway stations are likely to have higher public transport use than those located away from main public transport routes);
  • The number of motor vehicles available from 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 Workers place of residence and resident place of work for a clearer picture of where people come from to work in the City of Adelaide, and Employment locations for the Destination Zones they work in and how they arrive there.

Data source

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

Please note: The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, the City of Adelaide in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.
Current industry:
Current benchmark:
Local workers method of travel to work
City of Adelaide - All industries 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%. South Australia%Number%. South Australia%2011 - 2016
Car, as driver47,64540.566.246,58140.463.9+1,064
Car, as passenger6,8595.84.57,7376.75.3-878
Motorbike/Motor scooter1,0040.90.51,0100.90.5-6
Other - multiple methods2,4622.11.42,0001.71.4+462
Walked only3,8263.32.74,1613.63.2-335
Worked at home1,3411.14.41,1221.04.2+219
Did not go to work12,93111.010.713,50611.711.4-575
Not stated7670.70.91,3321.21.4-565
Total 117,607100.0100.0115,307100.0100.0+2,300

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

Please refer to specific data notes for more information
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Dominant groups

In 2016, there were 37,034 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in the City of Adelaide, compared with 55,581 who drove in private vehicles (car – as driver, car – as passenger, motorbike, or truck).

Analysis of the method of travel to work in the City of Adelaide in 2016 compared to the South Australia workforce within the City of Adelaide shows that 31.5% used public transport, while 47.3% used a private vehicle, compared with 6.9% and 71.8% respectively in South Australia.

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

  • A smaller percentage of local workers who travelled by car, as driver (40.5% compared to 66.2%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers who travelled by bus (20.4% compared to 4.7%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers who travelled by train (8.9% compared to 1.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers who worked at home (1.1% compared to 4.4%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Train (+1,470 local workers)
  • Car, as driver (+1,064 local workers)
  • Car, as passenger (-878 local workers)
  • Tram (+645 local workers)

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