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Local workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within the Cook Shire, there is a lower proportion of local workers using public transport to get to work than Queensland.

This data reveals the main modes of transport used by local workers in a particular industry to get to work. Workforce transport data for the Cook Shire 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 the Cook Shire, and Employment locations for the Destination Zones they work in and how they arrive there.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 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. However this dataset is NOT available at the Local Government Area level, and had to be matched using a best fit of work destination zones (DZNs) to the current LGA boundaries. Cook Shire is one area for which there is no good match of 2011 DZNs to 2016 LGA boundaries, so there is no reasonable data comparison between 2011 and 2016 for this area. 2011 data has been turned off and is currently unavailable for comparison for the Cook Shire.

Local workers method of travel to work
Cook Shire - All industries2016
Main method of travelNumber%Queensland %
Car, as driver1,60856.064.3
Car, as passenger1816.35.3
Motorbike/Motor scooter230.80.9
Other - multiple methods772.71.5
Walked only34812.13.3
Worked at home1184.15.3
Did not go to work32211.29.7
Not stated371.30.9

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 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, Queensland: 64.3% Car, as passenger, Queensland: 5.3% Train, Queensland: 3.2% Bus, Queensland: 3.4% Ferry, Queensland: 0.1% Tram, Queensland: 0.1% Truck, Queensland: 0.9% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Queensland: 0.9% Bicycle, Queensland: 1.0% Taxi/Other, Queensland: 0.2% Other - multiple methods, Queensland: 1.5% Worked at home, Queensland: 5.3% Did not go to work, Queensland: 9.7% Not stated, Queensland: 0.9% Car, as driver, Cook Shire: 56.0% Car, as passenger, Cook Shire: 6.3% Train, Cook Shire: 0.0% Bus, Cook Shire: 2.5% Ferry, Cook Shire: 0.0% Tram, Cook Shire: 0.0% Truck, Cook Shire: 1.6% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Cook Shire: 0.8% Bicycle, Cook Shire: 1.3% Taxi/Other, Cook Shire: 0.0% Other - multiple methods, Cook Shire: 2.7% Worked at home, Cook Shire: 4.1% Did not go to work, Cook Shire: 11.2% Not stated, Cook Shire: 1.3%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

In 2016, there were 72 people in the who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Cook Shire, compared with 1,836 who drove in private vehicles (car – as driver, car – as passenger, motorbike, or truck).

Analysis of the method of travel to work of the in the Cook Shire in 2016 compared to Queensland shows that 2.5% used public transport, while 64.0% used a private vehicle, compared with 6.8% and 70.6% respectively in Queensland.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the workforce in the Cook Shire and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers Walked only (12.1% compared to 3.3%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers Did not go to work (11.2% compared to 9.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers Car, as driver (56.0% compared to 64.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers Train (0.0% compared to 3.2%)