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Resident workers - Method of travel to work - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services

Within Coffs Harbour City, there is a lower proportion of resident Professional, Scientific and Technical Services 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 Coffs Harbour City'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
Coffs Harbour City 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%. New South Wales%Number%. New South Wales%2011 - 2016
Car, as driver81261.537.480363.042.0+9
Car, as passenger503.82.3524.12.9-2
Train60.524.030.219.0+3
Bus50.48.930.28.2+2
Ferry30.20.8000.7+3
Tram000.2000.1--
Truck40.30.1000.1+4
Motorbike/Motor scooter60.50.870.50.8-1
Bicycle90.71.1131.01.2-4
Taxi/Other000.330.20.4-3
Other - multiple methods211.61.2131.01.2+8
Walked only393.04.5403.14.8-1
Worked at home28621.712.623718.611.6+49
Did not go to work765.85.6977.66.3-21
Not stated30.20.430.20.6--
Total 1,320100.0100.01,274100.0100.0+46

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

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Dominant groups

In 2016, there were 14 resident workers in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Coffs Harbour City, compared with 872 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 Coffs Harbour City shows that 1.1% used public transport, while 66.1% used a private vehicle, compared with 33.9% and 40.5% respectively in New South Wales.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services resident workers in Coffs Harbour City and the New South Wales workforce were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers who travelled by car, as driver (61.5% compared to 37.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by train (0.5% compared to 24.0%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers who worked at home (21.7% compared to 12.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by bus (0.4% compared to 8.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel to work of the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services resident workers in Coffs Harbour City between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Worked at home (+49 resident workers)
  • Did not go to work (-21 resident workers)
  • Car, as driver (+9 resident workers)
  • Other - multiple methods (+8 resident workers)

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