Shire of Ashburton

Local workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within the Shire of Ashburton, there is a higher proportion of local All industries workers using public transport to get to work than the Western 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 Shire of Ashburton 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 Shire of Ashburton, and Employment locations for the Destination Zones they work in and how they arrive there.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 & 2021 – by place of work

Current industry:
Current benchmark:
Local workers method of travel to work
Shire of Ashburton - All industries20212016Change
Main method of travelNumber%. Western Australia%Number%. Western Australia%2016 - 2021
Car, as driver2,66619.462.52,69911.562.9-33
Car, as passenger8356.14.71,0044.34.9-169
Motorbike/Motor scooter160.10.3100.00.5+6
Other - multiple methods1,88613.71.52,2869.82.1-400
Walked only7295.32.21,4156.02.8-686
Worked at home2291.77.41090.54.2+120
Did not go to work3,77927.511.84,33718.510.2-558
Not stated1140.80.56983.01.1-584
Total 13,726100.0100.023,433100.0100.0-9,707

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
Did you know? By clicking/tapping on a category in the chart below you will be able to drilldown to the sub categories.
loading animation
loading animation

Dominant groups

In 2021, there were 3,137 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in the Shire of Ashburton, compared with 3,628 who drove in private vehicles (car – as driver, car – as passenger, motorbike, or truck).

Analysis of the method of travel to work in the Shire of Ashburton in 2021 compared to the Western Australia workforce within the Shire of Ashburton shows that 22.9% used public transport, while 26.4% used a private vehicle, compared with 7.4% and 68.1% respectively in Western Australia.

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

  • A smaller percentage of local workers who travelled by car, as driver (19.4% compared to 62.5%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers who travelled by bus (22.5% compared to 3.4%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers who did not go to work (27.5% compared to 11.8%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers who travelled by other - multiple methods (13.7% compared to 1.5%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel to work of the workforce in the Shire of Ashburton between2016 and 2021 were:

  • Bus (-7,483 local workers)
  • Walked only (-686 local workers)
  • Did not go to work (-558 local workers)
  • Other - multiple methods (-400 local workers)

Shire of Ashburton

economic profile