Canberra Region

Local workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

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

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 Canberra Region 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 place of residence and resident place of work for a clearer picture of where people come from to work in the Canberra Region, and Employment locations for the Destination Zones they work in and how they arrive there.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 & 2021 – by place of work

Current area:
Current industry:
Current benchmark:
Local workers method of travel to work
Canberra Region - All industries20212016Change
Main method of travelNumber%. NSW%Number%. NSW%2016 - 2021
Car, as driver70,57563.343.263,12365.157.7+7,452
Car, as passenger5,3044.83.24,9495.14.3+355
Motorbike/Motor scooter4060.40.44210.40.6-15
Other - multiple methods6610.60.51,3081.31.2-647
Walked only5,1324.62.54,9025.13.9+230
Worked at home14,45013.031.38,0798.34.9+6,371
Did not go to work11,45410.313.210,14410.58.7+1,310
Not stated8520.80.51,2391.31.0-387
Total 111,475100.0100.096,985100.0100.0+14,490

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and 2021. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

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Dominant groups

In 2021, there were 803 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in the Canberra Region, compared with 77,611 who drove in private vehicles (car – as driver, car – as passenger, motorbike, or truck).

Analysis of the method of travel to work in the Canberra Region in 2021 compared to the NSW workforce within the Canberra Region shows that 0.7% used public transport, while 69.6% used a private vehicle, compared with 3.9% and 47.5% respectively in NSW.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers who travelled by car, as driver (63.3% compared to 43.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers who worked at home (13.0% compared to 31.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers who did not go to work (10.3% compared to 13.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers who travelled by train (0.2% compared to 2.8%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel to work of the workforce in the Canberra Region between2016 and 2021 were:

  • Car, as driver (+7,452 local workers)
  • Worked at home (+6,371 local workers)
  • Did not go to work (+1,310 local workers)
  • Other - multiple methods (-647 local workers)

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