Balonne Shire

Resident workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within Balonne Shire, there is a lower proportion of resident All industries workers using public transport to get to work than the Queensland workforce.

Maximising access to employment is a key objective in any economic development strategy. Understanding the modes of transport Balonne 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 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
Balonne Shire20212016Change
Main method of travelNumber%. Queensland%Number%. Queensland%2016 - 2021
Car, as driver1,30462.160.01,25358.364.1+51
Car, as passenger1034.94.5904.25.3+13
Motorbike/Motor scooter150.70.7100.50.9+5
Other - multiple methods241.10.6442.01.5-20
Walked only1718.12.61918.93.3-20
Worked at home29414.014.130314.15.3-9
Did not go to work1256.011.11828.59.7-57
Not stated190.90.5331.50.9-14
Total 2,099100.0100.02,150100.0100.0-51

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 3 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Balonne Shire, compared with 1,455 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 Balonne Shire shows that 0.1% used public transport, while 69.3% used a private vehicle, compared with 3.9% and 66.0% respectively in Queensland.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the resident workers in Balonne Shire and the Queensland workforce were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers who walked only (8.1% compared to 2.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who did not go to work (6.0% compared to 11.1%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers who travelled by car, as driver (62.1% compared to 60.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by bus (0.1% compared to 2.0%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Did not go to work (-57 resident workers)
  • Car, as driver (+51 resident workers)
  • Walked only (-20 resident workers)
  • Other - multiple methods (-20 resident workers)

Balonne Shire

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