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Local workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within West Coast Council area, the have a lower proportion of people using public transport to get to work than Tasmania.

This data reveals the main modes of transport used by local workers in a particular industry to get to work. Workforce transport data for West Coast Council area 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 West Coast Council area, 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: Currently only 2016 data are available for work destination. 2011 data are not comparable due to a change in methodology in 2016 which “imputed” a work destination to those workers who didn’t state their work destination. This means comparisons with earlier years should not be made. .id are currently sourcing data collected under the same methodology in 2011 which will be added to this page at a later date. For a detailed case study of this issue please visit our blog post.

Local workers method of travel to work
West Coast Council area - All industries2016
Main method of travelNumber%Tasmania %
Car, as driver1,16160.665.5
Car, as passenger1075.65.8
Train00.00.1
Bus60.32.8
Ferry00.00.0
Tram00.00.0
Truck100.50.8
Motorbike/Motor scooter00.00.6
Bicycle30.20.8
Taxi/Other70.40.3
Other - multiple methods281.51.3
Walked only1407.34.8
Worked at home693.64.7
Did not go to work33917.711.6
Not stated462.41.0

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 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, Tasmania: 65.5% Car, as passenger, Tasmania: 5.8% Train, Tasmania: 0.1% Bus, Tasmania: 2.8% Ferry, Tasmania: 0.0% Tram, Tasmania: 0.0% Truck, Tasmania: 0.8% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Tasmania: 0.6% Bicycle, Tasmania: 0.8% Taxi/Other, Tasmania: 0.3% Other - multiple methods, Tasmania: 1.3% Worked at home, Tasmania: 4.7% Did not go to work, Tasmania: 11.6% Not stated, Tasmania: 1.0% Car, as driver, West Coast Council area: 60.6% Car, as passenger, West Coast Council area: 5.6% Train, West Coast Council area: 0.0% Bus, West Coast Council area: 0.3% Ferry, West Coast Council area: 0.0% Tram, West Coast Council area: 0.0% Truck, West Coast Council area: 0.5% Motorbike/Motor scooter, West Coast Council area: 0.0% Bicycle, West Coast Council area: 0.2% Taxi/Other, West Coast Council area: 0.4% Other - multiple methods, West Coast Council area: 1.5% Worked at home, West Coast Council area: 3.6% Did not go to work, West Coast Council area: 17.7% Not stated, West Coast Council area: 2.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

In 2016, there were 6 people in the who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in West Coast Council area, compared with 1,278 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 West Coast Council area in 2016 compared to Tasmania shows that 0.3% used public transport, while 66.7% used a private vehicle, compared with 2.9% and 72.1% respectively in Tasmania.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers who did not go to work (17.7% compared to 11.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers who walked only (7.3% compared to 4.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers who travelled by car (as driver) (60.6% compared to 65.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers who travelled by bus (0.3% compared to 2.8%)
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