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Resident workers - Method of travel to work

The resident workers in Ballina 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 Ballina 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 2011 and 2016 – by place of work

Resident workers method of travel to work
Ballina Shire 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%New South Wales %Number%New South Wales %2011 to 2016
Car, as driver11,94668.457.810,80765.157.6+1,139
Car, as passenger7904.54.38515.15.0-61
Train200.111.2210.19.3-1
Bus1160.74.41160.74.20
Ferry30.00.230.00.20
Tram40.00.100.00.0+4
Truck2021.21.02651.61.2-63
Motorbike/Motor scooter1090.60.61040.60.6+5
Bicycle2151.20.72511.50.7-36
Taxi/Other120.10.2190.10.2-7
Other - multiple methods2531.41.22061.21.1+47
Walked only5453.13.96774.14.1-132
Worked at home1,3017.44.81,1306.84.6+171
Did not go to work1,7369.98.71,89511.49.5-159
Not stated2131.21.02571.51.5-44

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Resident workers method of travel to work, 2016
Resident workers method of travel to work, 2016 Car, as driver, New South Wales : 57.8% Car, as passenger, New South Wales : 4.3% Train, New South Wales : 11.2% Bus, New South Wales : 4.4% Ferry, New South Wales : 0.2% Tram, New South Wales : 0.1% Truck, New South Wales : 1.0% Motorbike/Motor scooter, New South Wales : 0.6% Bicycle, New South Wales : 0.7% Taxi/Other, New South Wales : 0.2% Other - multiple methods, New South Wales : 1.2% Worked at home, New South Wales : 4.8% Did not go to work, New South Wales : 8.7% Not stated, New South Wales : 1.0% Car, as driver, Ballina Shire - All industries : 68.4% Car, as passenger, Ballina Shire - All industries : 4.5% Train, Ballina Shire - All industries : 0.1% Bus, Ballina Shire - All industries : 0.7% Ferry, Ballina Shire - All industries : 0.0% Tram, Ballina Shire - All industries : 0.0% Truck, Ballina Shire - All industries : 1.2% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Ballina Shire - All industries : 0.6% Bicycle, Ballina Shire - All industries : 1.2% Taxi/Other, Ballina Shire - All industries : 0.1% Other - multiple methods, Ballina Shire - All industries : 1.4% Worked at home, Ballina Shire - All industries : 7.4% Did not go to work, Ballina Shire - All industries : 9.9% Not stated, Ballina Shire - All industries : 1.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in resident workers method of travel to work, 2011 to 2016
Change in resident workers method of travel to work, 2011 to 2016 Car, as driver, Ballina Shire - All industries: +1,139 Car, as passenger, Ballina Shire - All industries: -61 Train, Ballina Shire - All industries: -1 Bus, Ballina Shire - All industries: 0 Ferry, Ballina Shire - All industries: 0 Tram, Ballina Shire - All industries: +4 Truck, Ballina Shire - All industries: -63 Motorbike/Motor scooter, Ballina Shire - All industries: +5 Bicycle, Ballina Shire - All industries: -36 Taxi/Other, Ballina Shire - All industries: -7 Other - multiple methods, Ballina Shire - All industries: +47 Worked at home, Ballina Shire - All industries: +171 Did not go to work, Ballina Shire - All industries: -159 Not stated, Ballina Shire - All industries: -44
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

In 2016, there were 139 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Ballina Shire, compared with 12,942 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 Ballina Shire shows that 0.8% used public transport, while 74.1% used a private vehicle, compared with 15.8% and 63.1% respectively in New South Wales.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the resident workers of Ballina Shire and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Car, as driver (68.4% compared to 57.8%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Worked at home (7.4% compared to 4.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Train (0.1% compared to 11.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Bus (0.7% compared to 4.4%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel of work of the resident workers in Ballina Shire between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Car, as driver (+1,139 people)
  • Worked at home (+171 people)
  • Did not go to work (-159 people)
  • Walked only (-132 people)

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