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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 driver4,16471.959.73,82366.455.6+341
Car, as passenger2935.13.63716.44.7-78
Train90.28.280.18.9+1
Bus611.16.4751.37.5-14
Ferry00.00.200.00.20
Tram00.00.000.00.00
Truck120.20.3290.50.4-17
Motorbike/Motor scooter921.61.71172.01.6-25
Bicycle1582.72.01933.41.9-35
Taxi/Other80.10.1110.20.1-3
Other - multiple methods1713.01.51773.11.3-6
Walked only1632.84.02033.54.5-40
Worked at home540.91.1671.20.9-13
Did not go to work58110.010.862810.911.6-47
Not stated220.40.4551.00.7-33

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 - Public Administration and Safety  : 59.7% Car, as passenger, Queensland - Public Administration and Safety  : 3.6% Train, Queensland - Public Administration and Safety  : 8.2% Bus, Queensland - Public Administration and Safety  : 6.4% Ferry, Queensland - Public Administration and Safety  : 0.2% Tram, Queensland - Public Administration and Safety  : 0.0% Truck, Queensland - Public Administration and Safety  : 0.3% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Queensland - Public Administration and Safety  : 1.7% Bicycle, Queensland - Public Administration and Safety  : 2.0% Taxi/Other, Queensland - Public Administration and Safety  : 0.1% Other - multiple methods, Queensland - Public Administration and Safety  : 1.5% Worked at home, Queensland - Public Administration and Safety  : 1.1% Did not go to work, Queensland - Public Administration and Safety  : 10.8% Not stated, Queensland - Public Administration and Safety  : 0.4% Car, as driver, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety : 71.9% Car, as passenger, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety : 5.1% Train, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety : 0.2% Bus, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety : 1.1% Ferry, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety : 0.0% Tram, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety : 0.0% Truck, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety : 0.2% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety : 1.6% Bicycle, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety : 2.7% Taxi/Other, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety : 0.1% Other - multiple methods, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety : 3.0% Worked at home, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety : 0.9% Did not go to work, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety : 10.0% Not stated, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety : 0.4%
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 - Public Administration and Safety: +341 Car, as passenger, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: -78 Train, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: +1 Bus, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: -14 Ferry, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: 0 Tram, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: 0 Truck, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: -17 Motorbike/Motor scooter, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: -25 Bicycle, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: -35 Taxi/Other, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: -3 Other - multiple methods, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: -6 Worked at home, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: -13 Did not go to work, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: -47 Not stated, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: -33
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 70 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Cairns, compared with 4,469 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 1.2% used public transport, while 77.2% used a private vehicle, compared with 14.8% and 63.6% respectively in Queensland.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) of Cairns and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) travelled to work by Car, as driver (71.9% compared to 59.7%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) travelled to work by Car, as passenger (5.1% compared to 3.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) travelled to work by Train (0.2% compared to 8.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) travelled to work by Bus (1.1% compared to 6.4%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel of work of the resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) in Cairns between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Car, as driver (+341 people)
  • Car, as passenger (-78 people)
  • Did not go to work (-47 people)
  • Walked only (-40 people)

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