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Local workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within Cairns, there is a lower proportion of local All industries workers using public transport to get to work than the Retail Trade workforce.

This data reveals the main modes of transport used by local workers in a particular industry to get to work. Workforce transport data for Cairns is very useful in transport planning as it informs decision-makers about the effectiveness and availability of 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 (For instance, industries located near railway stations are likely to have higher public transport use than those located away from main public transport routes);
  • The number of motor vehicles available from 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 Workers place of residence and resident place of work for a clearer picture of where people come from to work in Cairns, and Employment locations for the Destination Zones they work in and how they arrive there.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note: The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, Cairns in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.
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Local workers method of travel to work
Cairns - All industries 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%. Retail Trade%Number%. Retail Trade%2011 - 2016
Car, as driver46,85569.565.742,32165.860.7+4,534
Car, as passenger4,1066.19.54,3936.810.6-287
Train360.10340.10+2
Bus1,1201.72.81,1991.93.8-79
Ferry460.10.0380.10.0+8
Tram80.00.0100.00-2
Truck3770.60.15620.90.4-185
Motorbike/Motor scooter6501.00.97551.20.9-105
Bicycle1,2921.91.31,4452.21.7-153
Taxi/Other2020.30.32140.30.3-12
Other - multiple methods1,0221.50.89531.50.8+69
Walked only2,2763.43.22,2843.63.5-8
Worked at home2,7544.11.82,6894.21.9+65
Did not go to work6,0709.013.16,3869.914.0-316
Not stated6491.00.41,0291.61.5-380
Total 67,463100.0100.064,312100.0100.0+3,151

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 1,210 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Cairns, compared with 51,988 who drove in private vehicles (car – as driver, car – as passenger, motorbike, or truck).

Analysis of the method of travel to work in Cairns in 2016 compared to the Retail Trade workforce within Cairns shows that 1.8% used public transport, while 77.1% used a private vehicle, compared with 2.9% and 76.2% respectively in the Retail Trade workforce within Cairns.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the workforce in Cairns and the Retail Trade workforce were:

  • A smaller percentage of local workers who did not go to work (9.0% compared to 13.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers who travelled by car, as driver (69.5% compared to 65.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers who travelled by car, as passenger (6.1% compared to 9.5%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers who worked at home (4.1% compared to 1.8%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Car, as driver (+4,534 local workers)
  • Did not go to work (-316 local workers)
  • Car, as passenger (-287 local workers)
  • Truck (-185 local workers)

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