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Resident workers - Method of travel to work

The resident workers in Cairns have a similar proportion of people using public transport to get to work as Far North 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%Far North Queensland %Number%Far North Queensland %2011 to 2016
Car, as driver2,23465.763.92,31366.964.7-79
Car, as passenger1303.83.51644.74.6-34
Train00.00.080.20.2-8
Bus511.51.2230.70.6+28
Ferry30.10.100.00.0+3
Tram00.00.000.00.00
Truck50.10.250.10.10
Motorbike/Motor scooter180.50.4320.90.8-14
Bicycle481.41.2541.61.4-6
Taxi/Other80.20.2140.40.3-6
Other - multiple methods491.41.6531.51.4-4
Walked only872.62.8902.63.1-3
Worked at home54115.917.645313.114.9+88
Did not go to work2046.06.62186.37.0-14
Not stated240.70.6290.80.9-5

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, Far North Queensland - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services  : 63.9% Car, as passenger, Far North Queensland - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services  : 3.5% Train, Far North Queensland - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services  : 0.0% Bus, Far North Queensland - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services  : 1.2% Ferry, Far North Queensland - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services  : 0.1% Tram, Far North Queensland - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services  : 0.0% Truck, Far North Queensland - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services  : 0.2% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Far North Queensland - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services  : 0.4% Bicycle, Far North Queensland - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services  : 1.2% Taxi/Other, Far North Queensland - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services  : 0.2% Other - multiple methods, Far North Queensland - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services  : 1.6% Worked at home, Far North Queensland - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services  : 17.6% Did not go to work, Far North Queensland - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services  : 6.6% Not stated, Far North Queensland - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services  : 0.6% Car, as driver, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services : 65.7% Car, as passenger, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services : 3.8% Train, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services : 0.0% Bus, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services : 1.5% Ferry, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services : 0.1% Tram, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services : 0.0% Truck, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services : 0.1% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services : 0.5% Bicycle, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services : 1.4% Taxi/Other, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services : 0.2% Other - multiple methods, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services : 1.4% Worked at home, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services : 15.9% Did not go to work, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services : 6.0% Not stated, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services : 0.7%
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, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services: -79 Car, as passenger, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services: -34 Train, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services: -8 Bus, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services: +28 Ferry, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services: +3 Tram, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services: 0 Truck, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services: 0 Motorbike/Motor scooter, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services: -14 Bicycle, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services: -6 Taxi/Other, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services: -6 Other - multiple methods, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services: -4 Worked at home, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services: +88 Did not go to work, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services: -14 Not stated, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services: -5
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 54 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Cairns, compared with 2,369 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 1.6% used public transport, while 69.6% used a private vehicle, compared with 1.3% and 67.7% respectively in Far North Queensland.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the resident workers (Professional, Scientific and Technical Services) of Cairns and Far North Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Professional, Scientific and Technical Services) travelled to work by Car, as driver (65.7% compared to 63.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Professional, Scientific and Technical Services) travelled to work by Worked at home (15.9% compared to 17.6%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel of work of the resident workers (Professional, Scientific and Technical Services) in Cairns between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Worked at home (+88 people)
  • Car, as driver (-79 people)
  • Car, as passenger (-34 people)
  • Bus (+28 people)

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