Cumberland Council area

Resident workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within the Cumberland Council area, there is a higher proportion of resident All industries workers using public transport to get to work than the New South Wales workforce.

Maximising access to employment is a key objective in any economic development strategy. Understanding the modes of transport the Cumberland 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
Cumberland Council area 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%. New South Wales%Number%. New South Wales%2011 - 2016
Car, as driver46,92554.057.840,94254.057.6+5,983
Car, as passenger4,4665.14.34,4045.85.0+62
Train20,24723.311.216,24721.49.3+4,000
Bus2,0232.34.41,5862.14.2+437
Ferry90.00.280.00.2+1
Tram320.00.1180.00.0+14
Truck8931.01.01,0321.41.2-139
Motorbike/Motor scooter2290.30.62140.30.6+15
Bicycle2070.20.72250.30.7-18
Taxi/Other2350.30.22020.30.2+33
Other - multiple methods9621.11.26430.81.1+319
Walked only1,7542.03.91,8372.44.1-83
Worked at home2,2452.64.81,4481.94.6+797
Did not go to work5,4366.38.75,2757.09.5+161
Not stated1,1921.41.01,6832.21.5-491
Total 86,855100.0100.075,764100.0100.0+11,091

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id the population experts

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Dominant groups

In 2016, there were 22,311 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in the Cumberland Council area, compared with 52,513 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 Cumberland Council area shows that 25.7% used public transport, while 60.5% used a private vehicle, compared with 15.9% and 63.7% respectively in New South Wales.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the resident workers in the Cumberland Council area and the New South Wales workforce were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers who travelled by train (23.3% compared to 11.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by car, as driver (54.0% compared to 57.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who did not go to work (6.3% compared to 8.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who worked at home (2.6% compared to 4.8%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Car, as driver (+5,983 resident workers)
  • Train (+4,000 resident workers)
  • Worked at home (+797 resident workers)
  • Bus (+437 resident workers)

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