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Resident workers - Method of travel to work - Manufacturing

Within Cairns, there is a lower proportion of resident Manufacturing 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

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Resident workers method of travel to work
Cairns 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%. Queensland%Number%. Queensland%2011 - 2016
Car, as driver2,06276.576.92,50671.474.0-444
Car, as passenger1395.25.82376.87.2-98
Train001.140.11.5-4
Bus180.70.9471.31.1-29
Ferry000.0000.0--
Tram000.0000.0--
Truck160.60.6421.20.8-26
Motorbike/Motor scooter481.81.5481.41.5--
Bicycle682.51.01002.81.2-32
Taxi/Other000.150.10.2-5
Other - multiple methods401.51.1581.71.1-18
Walked only491.81.7832.41.8-34
Worked at home1204.53.31494.22.9-29
Did not go to work1194.45.71955.65.7-76
Not stated170.60.4361.01.0-19
Total 2,696100.0100.03,510100.0100.0-814

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id the population experts

Please refer to specific data notes for more information
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Dominant groups

In 2016, there were 18 resident workers in Manufacturing who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Cairns, compared with 2,265 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 0.7% used public transport, while 84.0% used a private vehicle, compared with 2.0% and 84.7% respectively in Queensland.

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

  • A larger percentage of resident workers who travelled by bicycle (2.5% compared to 1.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who did not go to work (4.4% compared to 5.7%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers who worked at home (4.5% compared to 3.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by train (0% compared to 1.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Car, as driver (-444 resident workers)
  • Car, as passenger (-98 resident workers)
  • Did not go to work (-76 resident workers)
  • Walked only (-34 resident workers)

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