Resident workers - Method of travel to work - All industries
Maximising access to employment is a key objective in any economic development strategy. Understanding the modes of transport Fairfield City'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.
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 & 2021 – by place of work
|Resident workers method of travel to work|
|Main method of travel||Number||%||New South Wales%||Number||%||New South Wales%||2016 - 2021|
|Car, as driver||30,679||48.1||43.4||45,946||63.9||57.8||-15,267|
|Car, as passenger||2,800||4.4||3.2||4,929||6.9||4.3||-2,129|
|Other - multiple methods||329||0.5||0.5||864||1.2||1.2||-535|
|Worked at home||14,971||23.5||31.0||1,656||2.3||4.8||+13,315|
|Did not go to work||10,215||16.0||13.2||4,150||5.8||8.7||+6,065|
Please refer to specific data notes for more information
In 2021, there were 2,696 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Fairfield City, compared with 34,191 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 Fairfield City shows that 4.2% used public transport, while 53.6% used a private vehicle, compared with 4.0% and 47.8% respectively in New South Wales.
The major differences between the method of travel to work of the resident workers in Fairfield City and the New South Wales workforce were:
- A smaller percentage of resident workers who worked at home (23.5% compared to 31.0%)
- A larger percentage of resident workers who travelled by car, as driver (48.1% compared to 43.4%)
- A larger percentage of resident workers who did not go to work (16.0% compared to 13.2%)
- A smaller percentage of resident workers who walked only (1.3% compared to 2.5%)
The largest changes in the method of travel to work of the resident workers in Fairfield City between 2016 and 2021 were:
- Car, as driver (-15,267 resident workers)
- Worked at home (+13,315 resident workers)
- Train (-7,020 resident workers)
- Did not go to work (+6,065 resident workers)