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Resident workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within the Canberra Region, there is a lower proportion of resident All industries workers using public transport to get to work than the NSW workforce.

Maximising access to employment is a key objective in any economic development strategy. Understanding the modes of transport the Canberra 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
Canberra Region 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%. NSW%Number%. NSW%2011 - 2016
Car, as driver82,92266.957.877,33464.457.6+5,588
Car, as passenger6,4775.24.37,4206.25.0-943
Train7250.611.25520.59.3+173
Bus9480.84.41,0150.84.2-67
Ferry270.00.2220.00.2+5
Tram100.00.170.00.0+3
Truck1,9101.51.02,3181.91.2-408
Motorbike/Motor scooter6740.50.66900.60.6-16
Bicycle4750.40.75460.50.7-71
Taxi/Other1660.10.21800.10.2-14
Other - multiple methods1,7271.41.21,6751.41.1+52
Walked only4,7953.93.95,3114.44.1-516
Worked at home8,4566.84.88,1746.84.6+282
Did not go to work13,04210.58.712,93810.89.5+104
Not stated1,5171.21.01,9651.61.5-448
Total 123,871100.0100.0120,147100.0100.0+3,724

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 1,710 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in the Canberra Region, compared with 91,983 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 Canberra Region shows that 1.4% used public transport, while 74.3% used a private vehicle, compared with 15.9% and 63.7% respectively in NSW.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the resident workers in the Canberra Region and the NSW workforce were:

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by train (0.6% compared to 11.2%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers who travelled by car, as driver (66.9% compared to 57.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by bus (0.8% compared to 4.4%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers who worked at home (6.8% compared to 4.8%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Car, as driver (+5,588 resident workers)
  • Car, as passenger (-943 resident workers)
  • Walked only (-516 resident workers)
  • Truck (-408 resident workers)

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