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Resident workers - Method of travel to work

The resident workers in Bellingen 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 Bellingen 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
Bellingen Shire 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%New South Wales %Number%New South Wales %2011 to 2016
Car, as driver3,03062.057.82,79558.657.6+235
Car, as passenger2134.44.32535.35.0-40
Train80.211.230.19.3+5
Bus160.34.4240.54.2-8
Ferry00.00.200.00.20
Tram00.00.100.00.00
Truck601.21.0992.11.2-39
Motorbike/Motor scooter270.60.6420.90.6-15
Bicycle270.60.7390.80.7-12
Taxi/Other00.00.200.00.20
Other - multiple methods671.41.2681.41.1-1
Walked only2505.13.93026.34.1-52
Worked at home51510.54.854111.34.6-26
Did not go to work59412.18.754211.49.5+52
Not stated831.71.0621.31.5+21

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, Bellingen Shire - All industries : 62.0% Car, as passenger, Bellingen Shire - All industries : 4.4% Train, Bellingen Shire - All industries : 0.2% Bus, Bellingen Shire - All industries : 0.3% Ferry, Bellingen Shire - All industries : 0.0% Tram, Bellingen Shire - All industries : 0.0% Truck, Bellingen Shire - All industries : 1.2% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Bellingen Shire - All industries : 0.6% Bicycle, Bellingen Shire - All industries : 0.6% Taxi/Other, Bellingen Shire - All industries : 0.0% Other - multiple methods, Bellingen Shire - All industries : 1.4% Worked at home, Bellingen Shire - All industries : 10.5% Did not go to work, Bellingen Shire - All industries : 12.1% Not stated, Bellingen Shire - All industries : 1.7%
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, Bellingen Shire - All industries: +235 Car, as passenger, Bellingen Shire - All industries: -40 Train, Bellingen Shire - All industries: +5 Bus, Bellingen Shire - All industries: -8 Ferry, Bellingen Shire - All industries: 0 Tram, Bellingen Shire - All industries: 0 Truck, Bellingen Shire - All industries: -39 Motorbike/Motor scooter, Bellingen Shire - All industries: -15 Bicycle, Bellingen Shire - All industries: -12 Taxi/Other, Bellingen Shire - All industries: 0 Other - multiple methods, Bellingen Shire - All industries: -1 Worked at home, Bellingen Shire - All industries: -26 Did not go to work, Bellingen Shire - All industries: +52 Not stated, Bellingen Shire - All industries: +21
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 24 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Bellingen Shire, compared with 3,303 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 Bellingen Shire shows that 0.5% used public transport, while 67.5% 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 Bellingen Shire and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Worked at home (10.5% compared to 4.8%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Car, as driver (62.0% compared to 57.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Train (0.2% compared to 11.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Bus (0.3% compared to 4.4%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Car, as driver (+235 people)
  • Walked only (-52 people)
  • Did not go to work (+52 people)
  • Car, as passenger (-40 people)

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