Clarence Valley Council area

Resident workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within Clarence Valley Council area, there is a lower proportion of resident All industries workers using public transport to get to work than the New South Wales workforce.

Maximising access to employment is a key objective in any economic development strategy. Understanding the modes of transport Clarence Valley Council area'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
Clarence Valley Council area 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%. New South Wales%Number%. New South Wales%2011 - 2016
Car, as driver11,70566.757.811,04162.157.6+664
Car, as passenger8614.94.31,0636.05.0-202
Motorbike/Motor scooter850.50.61230.70.6-38
Other - multiple methods2521.41.22471.41.1+5
Walked only7814.43.99195.24.1-138
Worked at home1,1006.34.81,1796.64.6-79
Did not go to work1,97811.38.72,08911.89.5-111
Not stated2251.31.03371.91.5-112
Total 17,560100.0100.017,768100.0100.0-208

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id informed decisions

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Dominant groups

In 2016, there were 95 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Clarence Valley Council area, compared with 12,926 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 Clarence Valley Council area shows that 0.5% used public transport, while 73.6% used a private vehicle, compared with 15.9% and 63.7% respectively in New South Wales.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the resident workers in Clarence Valley Council area and the New South Wales workforce were:

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by train (0.1% compared to 11.2%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers who travelled by car, as driver (66.7% compared to 57.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by bus (0.4% compared to 4.4%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers who did not go to work (11.3% compared to 8.7%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel to work of the resident workers in Clarence Valley Council area between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Car, as driver (+664 resident workers)
  • Car, as passenger (-202 resident workers)
  • Walked only (-138 resident workers)
  • Did not go to work (-111 resident workers)

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