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Resident workers - Method of travel to work

The resident workers in Cairns have a lower proportion of people using public transport to get to work than Queensland.

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 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
Cairns 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2011 to 2016
Car, as driver49,45968.364.144,63064.561.2+4,829
Car, as passenger4,4236.15.34,7606.96.1-337
Train540.13.2480.13.5+6
Bus1,5062.13.61,4682.13.9+38
Ferry580.10.1510.10.1+7
Tram120.00.170.00.0+5
Truck5120.70.97781.11.3-266
Motorbike/Motor scooter6750.90.97841.10.9-109
Bicycle1,3581.91.01,4812.11.1-123
Taxi/Other2170.30.22280.30.2-11
Other - multiple methods1,4562.01.51,4092.01.4+47
Walked only2,4023.33.32,5213.63.7-119
Worked at home2,8103.95.32,7444.04.9+66
Did not go to work6,7689.39.77,16110.310.2-393
Not stated7161.00.91,1321.61.4-416

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, Queensland : 64.1% Car, as passenger, Queensland : 5.3% Train, Queensland : 3.2% Bus, Queensland : 3.6% Ferry, Queensland : 0.1% Tram, Queensland : 0.1% Truck, Queensland : 0.9% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Queensland : 0.9% Bicycle, Queensland : 1.0% Taxi/Other, Queensland : 0.2% Other - multiple methods, Queensland : 1.5% Worked at home, Queensland : 5.3% Did not go to work, Queensland : 9.7% Not stated, Queensland : 0.9% Car, as driver, Cairns - All industries : 68.3% Car, as passenger, Cairns - All industries : 6.1% Train, Cairns - All industries : 0.1% Bus, Cairns - All industries : 2.1% Ferry, Cairns - All industries : 0.1% Tram, Cairns - All industries : 0.0% Truck, Cairns - All industries : 0.7% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Cairns - All industries : 0.9% Bicycle, Cairns - All industries : 1.9% Taxi/Other, Cairns - All industries : 0.3% Other - multiple methods, Cairns - All industries : 2.0% Worked at home, Cairns - All industries : 3.9% Did not go to work, Cairns - All industries : 9.3% Not stated, Cairns - All industries : 1.0%
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, Cairns - All industries: +4,829 Car, as passenger, Cairns - All industries: -337 Train, Cairns - All industries: +6 Bus, Cairns - All industries: +38 Ferry, Cairns - All industries: +7 Tram, Cairns - All industries: +5 Truck, Cairns - All industries: -266 Motorbike/Motor scooter, Cairns - All industries: -109 Bicycle, Cairns - All industries: -123 Taxi/Other, Cairns - All industries: -11 Other - multiple methods, Cairns - All industries: +47 Worked at home, Cairns - All industries: +66 Did not go to work, Cairns - All industries: -393 Not stated, Cairns - All industries: -416
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 1,618 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Cairns, compared with 54,406 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 2.2% used public transport, while 75.1% used a private vehicle, compared with 6.9% and 70.4% respectively in Queensland.

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

  • A larger percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Car, as driver (68.3% compared to 64.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Train (0.1% compared to 3.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Bus (2.1% compared to 3.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Worked at home (3.9% compared to 5.3%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Car, as driver (+4,829 people)
  • Did not go to work (-393 people)
  • Car, as passenger (-337 people)
  • Truck (-266 people)

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