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Local workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within City of Darwin, there is a lower proportion of local workers using public transport to get to work than Northern Territory.

This data reveals the main modes of transport used by local workers in a particular industry to get to work. Workforce transport data for City of Darwin 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 City of Darwin, and Employment locations for the Destination Zones they work in and how they arrive there.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note – The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, City of Darwin in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.

Local workers method of travel to work
City of Darwin - All industries20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%Northern Territory %Number%Northern Territory %2011 to 2016
Car, as driver30,58266.557.428,13263.555.2+2,450
Car, as passenger3,0976.76.93,3327.57.9-235
Train330.10.1200.00.0+13
Bus2,0464.47.91,8364.13.9+210
Ferry170.00.0200.00.0-3
Tram50.00.060.00.0-1
Truck1250.30.51810.40.8-56
Motorbike/Motor scooter7251.61.37671.71.4-42
Bicycle1,2382.72.41,3293.02.8-91
Taxi/Other1560.30.31910.40.3-35
Other - multiple methods8161.82.67901.82.6+26
Walked only2,1294.68.52,1624.911.2-33
Worked at home1,0582.32.69752.22.8+83
Did not go to work3,4227.48.03,9508.99.0-528
Not stated5371.21.46321.41.9-95

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, Northern Territory: 57.4% Car, as passenger, Northern Territory: 6.9% Train, Northern Territory: 0.1% Bus, Northern Territory: 7.9% Ferry, Northern Territory: 0.0% Tram, Northern Territory: 0.0% Truck, Northern Territory: 0.5% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Northern Territory: 1.3% Bicycle, Northern Territory: 2.4% Taxi/Other, Northern Territory: 0.3% Other - multiple methods, Northern Territory: 2.6% Worked at home, Northern Territory: 2.6% Did not go to work, Northern Territory: 8.0% Not stated, Northern Territory: 1.4% Car, as driver, City of Darwin: 66.5% Car, as passenger, City of Darwin: 6.7% Train, City of Darwin: 0.1% Bus, City of Darwin: 4.4% Ferry, City of Darwin: 0.0% Tram, City of Darwin: 0.0% Truck, City of Darwin: 0.3% Motorbike/Motor scooter, City of Darwin: 1.6% Bicycle, City of Darwin: 2.7% Taxi/Other, City of Darwin: 0.3% Other - multiple methods, City of Darwin: 1.8% Worked at home, City of Darwin: 2.3% Did not go to work, City of Darwin: 7.4% Not stated, City of Darwin: 1.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in local workers method of travel to work, 2011 to 2016
Change in local workers method of travel to work, 2011 to 2016 Car, as driver, City of Darwin: +2,450 Car, as passenger, City of Darwin: -235 Train, City of Darwin: +13 Bus, City of Darwin: +210 Ferry, City of Darwin: -3 Tram, City of Darwin: -1 Truck, City of Darwin: -56 Motorbike/Motor scooter, City of Darwin: -42 Bicycle, City of Darwin: -91 Taxi/Other, City of Darwin: -35 Other - multiple methods, City of Darwin: +26 Worked at home, City of Darwin: +83 Did not go to work, City of Darwin: -528 Not stated, City of Darwin: -95
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

In 2016, there were 2,096 people in the who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in City of Darwin, compared with 33,809 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 City of Darwin in 2016 compared to Northern Territory shows that 4.6% used public transport, while 73.5% used a private vehicle, compared with 8.1% and 64.9% respectively in Northern Territory.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the workforce in City of Darwin and Northern Territory were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers who travelled by car (as driver) (66.5% compared to 57.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers who walked only (4.6% compared to 8.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers who travelled by bus (4.4% compared to 7.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel of work of the workforce in City of Darwin between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Car, as driver (+2,450 local workers)
  • Did not go to work (-528 local workers)
  • Car, as passenger (-235 local workers)
  • Bus (+210 local workers)

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