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Coastal Urban Economic Region

Resident workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within the Coastal Urban Economic Region, 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 Coastal Urban Economic Region'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
Coastal Urban Economic Region 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%. Tasmania%Number%. Tasmania%2011 - 2016
Car, as driver25,35070.465.324,88667.663.1+464
Car, as passenger1,8955.35.82,3176.36.8-422
Train270.10.1160.00.1+11
Bus2780.82.93671.03.0-89
Ferry30.00.0240.10.0-21
Tram70.00.0000.0+7
Truck3050.80.83521.00.9-47
Motorbike/Motor scooter1520.40.61490.40.5+3
Bicycle1400.40.81380.40.6+2
Taxi/Other790.20.3600.20.3+19
Other - multiple methods4131.11.34771.31.3-64
Walked only1,1643.24.81,4423.95.0-278
Worked at home1,4794.14.71,5434.24.5-64
Did not go to work4,30011.911.74,47512.212.4-175
Not stated3961.11.05741.61.5-178
Total 35,988100.0100.036,820100.0100.0-832

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 315 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in the Coastal Urban Economic Region, compared with 27,702 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 Coastal Urban Economic Region shows that 0.9% used public transport, while 77.0% 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 Coastal Urban Economic Region and the Tasmania workforce were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers who travelled by car, as driver (70.4% compared to 65.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by bus (0.8% compared to 2.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who walked only (3.2% compared to 4.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who worked at home (4.1% compared to 4.7%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel to work of the resident workers in the Coastal Urban Economic Region between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Car, as driver (+464 resident workers)
  • Car, as passenger (-422 resident workers)
  • Walked only (-278 resident workers)
  • Did not go to work (-175 resident workers)

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