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Resident workers - Method of travel to work

The resident workers in the Cook Shire have a higher proportion of people using public transport to get to work than Health Care and Social Assistance.

Maximising access to employment is a key objective in any economic development strategy. Understanding the modes of transport the Cook Shire'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
Cook Shire 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%Health Care and Social Assistance %Number%Health Care and Social Assistance %2011 to 2016
Car, as driver89352.364.071745.062.6+176
Car, as passenger1005.93.91096.85.8-9
Train00.00.000.00.00
Bus523.00.0472.90.0+5
Ferry00.00.000.00.00
Tram00.00.000.00.00
Truck382.20.0503.10.0-12
Motorbike/Motor scooter110.60.070.41.8+4
Bicycle171.03.4150.90.0+2
Taxi/Other00.00.000.00.00
Other - multiple methods533.12.0513.20.0+2
Walked only26015.215.328718.014.6-27
Worked at home1207.01.51589.91.8-38
Did not go to work1347.97.91247.811.7+10
Not stated291.72.0301.91.8-1

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, Cook Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance : 64.0% Car, as passenger, Cook Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance : 3.9% Train, Cook Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance : 0.0% Bus, Cook Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance : 0.0% Ferry, Cook Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance : 0.0% Tram, Cook Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance : 0.0% Truck, Cook Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance : 0.0% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Cook Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance : 0.0% Bicycle, Cook Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance : 3.4% Taxi/Other, Cook Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance : 0.0% Other - multiple methods, Cook Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance : 2.0% Worked at home, Cook Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance : 1.5% Did not go to work, Cook Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance : 7.9% Not stated, Cook Shire - Health Care and Social Assistance : 2.0% Car, as driver, Cook Shire - All industries : 52.3% Car, as passenger, Cook Shire - All industries : 5.9% Train, Cook Shire - All industries : 0.0% Bus, Cook Shire - All industries : 3.0% Ferry, Cook Shire - All industries : 0.0% Tram, Cook Shire - All industries : 0.0% Truck, Cook Shire - All industries : 2.2% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Cook Shire - All industries : 0.6% Bicycle, Cook Shire - All industries : 1.0% Taxi/Other, Cook Shire - All industries : 0.0% Other - multiple methods, Cook Shire - All industries : 3.1% Worked at home, Cook Shire - All industries : 7.0% Did not go to work, Cook Shire - All industries : 7.9% Not stated, Cook Shire - All industries : 1.7%
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, Cook Shire - All industries: +176 Car, as passenger, Cook Shire - All industries: -9 Train, Cook Shire - All industries: 0 Bus, Cook Shire - All industries: +5 Ferry, Cook Shire - All industries: 0 Tram, Cook Shire - All industries: 0 Truck, Cook Shire - All industries: -12 Motorbike/Motor scooter, Cook Shire - All industries: +4 Bicycle, Cook Shire - All industries: +2 Taxi/Other, Cook Shire - All industries: 0 Other - multiple methods, Cook Shire - All industries: +2 Worked at home, Cook Shire - All industries: -38 Did not go to work, Cook Shire - All industries: +10 Not stated, Cook Shire - All industries: -1
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 52 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Cook Shire, compared with 1,031 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 the Cook Shire shows that 3.0% used public transport, while 60.4% used a private vehicle, compared with 0.0% and 68.0% respectively in Health Care and Social Assistance.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the resident workers of the Cook Shire and Health Care and Social Assistance were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Worked at home (7.0% compared to 1.5%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Bus (3.0% compared to 0.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Car, as driver (52.3% compared to 64.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Bicycle (1.0% compared to 3.4%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel of work of the resident workers in the Cook Shire between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Car, as driver (+176 people)
  • Worked at home (-38 people)
  • Walked only (-27 people)
  • Truck (-12 people)

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