Shire of Ashburton

Resident workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within the Shire of Ashburton, there is a higher proportion of resident All industries workers using public transport to get to work than the Western Australia workforce.

Maximising access to employment is a key objective in any economic development strategy. Understanding the modes of transport the Shire of Ashburton'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 2016 & 2021 – by place of work

Select industry:
Current benchmark:
Resident workers method of travel to work
Shire of Ashburton20212016Change
Main method of travelNumber%. Western Australia%Number%. Western Australia%2016 - 2021
Car, as driver1,43037.462.61,61019.463.3-180
Car, as passenger2376.24.74215.14.9-184
Motorbike/Motor scooter140.40.370.10.5+7
Other - multiple methods2055.41.54735.72.0-268
Walked only2677.02.26167.42.8-349
Worked at home1052.77.5740.94.3+31
Did not go to work50113.111.76287.610.1-127
Not stated421.10.52763.31.1-234
Total 3,825100.0100.08,301100.0100.0-4,476

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and 2021. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

Please refer to specific data notes for more information
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Dominant groups

In 2021, there were 932 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in the Shire of Ashburton, compared with 1,709 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 Shire of Ashburton shows that 24.4% used public transport, while 44.7% used a private vehicle, compared with 7.4% and 68.2% respectively in Western Australia.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the resident workers in the Shire of Ashburton and the Western Australia workforce were:

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by car, as driver (37.4% compared to 62.6%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers who travelled by bus (24.3% compared to 3.3%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers who walked only (7.0% compared to 2.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who worked at home (2.7% compared to 7.5%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel to work of the resident workers in the Shire of Ashburton between 2016 and 2021 were:

  • Bus (-3,137 resident workers)
  • Walked only (-349 resident workers)
  • Other - multiple methods (-268 resident workers)
  • Car, as passenger (-184 resident workers)

Shire of Ashburton

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