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Local workers - Method of travel to work - Public Administration and Safety

Within Cairns, there is a higher proportion of local Public Administration and Safety workers using public transport to get to work than the Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services 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 pace of residence and Residents Place of work for a clearer picture of where people come from to work in the Cairns, and Employment locations for the Destination Zones they work in and how they arrive there.

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.

Local workers method of travel to work
Cairns - Public Administration and Safety20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services %Number%Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services %2011 to 2016
Car, as driver3,99673.777.33,70067.870.0+296
Car, as passenger2664.92.13436.36.0-77
Train00.00.040.10.0-4
Bus460.80.0651.20.9-19
Ferry00.00.000.00.00
Tram00.00.000.00.00
Truck90.26.0260.55.4-17
Motorbike/Motor scooter901.73.01172.12.5-27
Bicycle1602.92.41963.61.4-36
Taxi/Other140.30.0130.20.8+1
Other - multiple methods1352.51.11512.82.0-16
Walked only1172.21.61432.61.4-26
Worked at home460.81.4571.02.8-11
Did not go to work5279.74.659610.96.0-69
Not stated190.40.5470.90.8-28

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

Local workers method of travel to work, 2016
Local workers method of travel to work, 2016 Car, as driver, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 77.3% Car, as passenger, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 2.1% Train, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 0.0% Bus, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 0.0% Ferry, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 0.0% Tram, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 0.0% Truck, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 6.0% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 3.0% Bicycle, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 2.4% Taxi/Other, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 0.0% Other - multiple methods, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 1.1% Worked at home, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 1.4% Did not go to work, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 4.6% Not stated, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 0.5% Car, as driver, Public Administration and Safety: 73.7% Car, as passenger, Public Administration and Safety: 4.9% Train, Public Administration and Safety: 0.0% Bus, Public Administration and Safety: 0.8% Ferry, Public Administration and Safety: 0.0% Tram, Public Administration and Safety: 0.0% Truck, Public Administration and Safety: 0.2% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Public Administration and Safety: 1.7% Bicycle, Public Administration and Safety: 2.9% Taxi/Other, Public Administration and Safety: 0.3% Other - multiple methods, Public Administration and Safety: 2.5% Worked at home, Public Administration and Safety: 0.8% Did not go to work, Public Administration and Safety: 9.7% Not stated, 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 local workers method of travel to work, 2011 to 2016
Change in local workers method of travel to work, 2011 to 2016 Car, as driver, Public Administration and Safety: +296 Car, as passenger, Public Administration and Safety: -77 Train, Public Administration and Safety: -4 Bus, Public Administration and Safety: -19 Ferry, Public Administration and Safety: 0 Tram, Public Administration and Safety: 0 Truck, Public Administration and Safety: -17 Motorbike/Motor scooter, Public Administration and Safety: -27 Bicycle, Public Administration and Safety: -36 Taxi/Other, Public Administration and Safety: +1 Other - multiple methods, Public Administration and Safety: -16 Worked at home, Public Administration and Safety: -11 Did not go to work, Public Administration and Safety: -69 Not stated, Public Administration and Safety: -28
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 46 people in the Public Administration and Safety who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Cairns, compared with 4,271 who drove in private vehicles (car – as driver, car – as passenger, motorbike, or truck).

Analysis of the method of travel to work of the Public Administration and Safety in Cairns in 2016 compared to the Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services workforce within Cairns shows that 0.8% used public transport, while 78.7% used a private vehicle, compared with 0.0% and 85.4% respectively in the Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services workforce within Cairns.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the Public Administration and Safety workforce in Cairns and the Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services workforce were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers who did not go to work (9.7% compared to 4.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers who travelled by car (as a passenger) (4.9% compared to 2.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers who travelled by truck (0.2% compared to 6.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers who travelled by car (as driver) (73.7% compared to 77.3%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Car, as driver (+296 local workers)
  • Car, as passenger (-77 local workers)
  • Did not go to work (-69 local workers)
  • Bicycle (-36 local workers)

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