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Resident workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

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

Maximising access to employment is a key objective in any economic development strategy. Understanding the modes of transport the FNQROC'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
FNQROC 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%. Queensland%Number%. Queensland%2011 - 2016
Car, as driver75,92365.664.170,05361.961.2+5,870
Car, as passenger7,1636.25.37,8326.96.1-669
Train610.13.2760.13.5-15
Bus2,3812.13.62,1661.93.9+215
Ferry860.10.1650.10.1+21
Tram120.00.1100.00.0+2
Truck1,0900.90.91,6861.51.3-596
Motorbike/Motor scooter9690.80.91,0991.00.9-130
Bicycle1,8321.61.02,0441.81.1-212
Taxi/Other2690.20.22900.30.2-21
Other - multiple methods2,3612.01.52,3922.11.4-31
Walked only5,1304.43.35,6215.03.7-491
Worked at home6,2365.45.36,4045.74.9-168
Did not go to work10,8079.39.711,41510.110.2-608
Not stated1,4021.20.92,0841.81.4-682
Total 115,722100.0100.0113,237100.0100.0+2,485

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 2,540 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in the FNQROC, compared with 85,145 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 FNQROC shows that 2.2% used public transport, while 73.6% used a private vehicle, compared with 7.0% and 71.2% respectively in Queensland.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the resident workers in the FNQROC and the Queensland workforce were:

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by train (0.1% compared to 3.2%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers who travelled by car, as driver (65.6% compared to 64.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by bus (2.1% compared to 3.6%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers who walked only (4.4% compared to 3.3%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Car, as driver (+5,870 resident workers)
  • Car, as passenger (-669 resident workers)
  • Did not go to work (-608 resident workers)
  • Truck (-596 resident workers)

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