Resident workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within Cairns, 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 Cairns'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 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Select industry:
Current benchmark:
Resident workers method of travel to work
Cairns 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%. Queensland%Number%. Queensland%2011 - 2016
Car, as driver49,45968.364.147,52063.861.2+1,939
Car, as passenger4,4236.15.35,0846.86.1-661
Motorbike/Motor scooter6750.90.98351.10.9-160
Other - multiple methods1,4562.01.51,5372.11.4-81
Walked only2,4023.33.32,9724.03.7-570
Worked at home2,8103.95.33,1234.24.9-313
Did not go to work6,7689.39.77,74610.410.2-978
Not stated7161.00.91,2181.61.4-502
Total 72,426100.0100.074,498100.0100.0-2,072

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

Please refer to specific data notes for more information
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Dominant groups

In 2016, there were 1,630 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Cairns, compared with 55,069 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 Cairns shows that 2.3% used public transport, while 76.0% used a private vehicle, compared with 7.0% and 71.2% respectively in Queensland.

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

  • A larger percentage of resident workers who travelled by car, as driver (68.3% compared to 64.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by train (0.1% compared to 3.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by bus (2.1% compared to 3.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who worked at home (3.9% compared to 5.3%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Car, as driver (+1,939 resident workers)
  • Did not go to work (-978 resident workers)
  • Car, as passenger (-661 resident workers)
  • Walked only (-570 resident workers)

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