Local workers - Method of travel to work - All industries
Within Ballina Shire, there is a lower proportion of local All industries workers using public transport to get to work than the New South Wales 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 Ballina Shire 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 Ballina Shire, and Employment locations for the Destination Zones they work in and how they arrive there.
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work
|Local workers method of travel to work|
|Ballina Shire - All industries||2016||2011||Change|
|Main method of travel||Number||%||New South Wales%||Number||%||New South Wales%||2011 - 2016|
|Car, as driver||10,049||67.4||57.7||9,365||64.8||57.5||+684|
|Car, as passenger||691||4.6||4.3||775||5.4||5.0||-84|
|Other - multiple methods||182||1.2||1.2||165||1.1||1.1||+17|
|Worked at home||1,240||8.3||4.9||1,092||7.6||4.6||+148|
|Did not go to work||1,471||9.9||8.7||1,560||10.8||9.5||-89|
Please refer to specific data notes for more information
In 2016, there were 90 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Ballina Shire, compared with 10,977 who drove in private vehicles (car – as driver, car – as passenger, motorbike, or truck).
Analysis of the method of travel to work in Ballina Shire in 2016 compared to the New South Wales workforce within Ballina Shire shows that 0.6% used public transport, while 73.6% used a private vehicle, compared with 16.0% and 63.5% respectively in New South Wales.
The major differences between the method of travel to work of the workforce in Ballina Shire and the New South Wales workforce were:
- A smaller percentage of local workers who travelled by train (0.1% compared to 11.3%)
- A larger percentage of local workers who travelled by car, as driver (67.4% compared to 57.7%)
- A smaller percentage of local workers who travelled by bus (0.5% compared to 4.4%)
- A larger percentage of local workers who worked at home (8.3% compared to 4.9%)
The largest changes in the method of travel to work of the workforce in Ballina Shire between 2011 and 2016 were:
- Car, as driver (+684 local workers)
- Worked at home (+148 local workers)
- Walked only (-93 local workers)
- Did not go to work (-89 local workers)