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Resident workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within the West Coast Council area, there is a lower proportion of resident All industries workers using public transport to get to work than the Tasmania workforce.

Maximising access to employment is a key objective in any economic development strategy. Understanding the modes of transport the West Coast 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
West Coast Council area 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%. Tasmania%Number%. Tasmania%2011 - 2016
Car, as driver92861.565.31,21260.163.1-284
Car, as passenger986.55.81547.66.8-56
Train000.130.10.1-3
Bus40.32.9140.73.0-10
Ferry000.0000.0--
Tram000.0000.0--
Truck110.70.8100.50.9+1
Motorbike/Motor scooter000.6000.5--
Bicycle30.20.880.40.6-5
Taxi/Other70.50.330.10.3+4
Other - multiple methods271.81.3351.71.3-8
Walked only1328.74.821510.75.0-83
Worked at home654.34.7552.74.5+10
Did not go to work20013.311.726213.012.4-62
Not stated342.31.0462.31.5-12
Total 1,509100.0100.02,017100.0100.0-508

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 4 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in the West Coast Council area, compared with 1,037 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 West Coast Council area shows that 0.3% used public transport, while 68.7% used a private vehicle, compared with 3.0% and 72.5% respectively in Tasmania.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the resident workers in the West Coast Council area and the Tasmania workforce were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers who walked only (8.7% compared to 4.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by car, as driver (61.5% compared to 65.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by bus (0.3% compared to 2.9%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers who did not go to work (13.3% compared to 11.7%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Car, as driver (-284 resident workers)
  • Walked only (-83 resident workers)
  • Did not go to work (-62 resident workers)
  • Car, as passenger (-56 resident workers)

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