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Local workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within the FNQROC, there is a lower proportion of local All industries workers using public transport to get to work than the Queensland 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 FNQROC 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 FNQROC, 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
FNQROC - All industries20212016Change
Main method of travelNumber%. Queensland%Number%. Queensland%2016 - 2021
Car, as driver70,74460.360.372,55166.564.3-1,807
Car, as passenger6,5055.54.66,8106.25.3-305
Motorbike/Motor scooter7380.60.79450.90.9-207
Other - multiple methods8250.70.61,7341.61.5-909
Walked only4,5193.92.65,0544.63.3-535
Worked at home12,99411.113.86,0905.65.3+6,904
Did not go to work16,02613.711.09,8039.09.7+6,223
Not stated8990.80.51,2611.20.9-362
Total 117,245100.0100.0109,035100.0100.0+8,210

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

Please refer to specific data notes for more information
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Dominant groups

In 2021, there were 1,595 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in the FNQROC, compared with 78,726 who drove in private vehicles (car – as driver, car – as passenger, motorbike, or truck).

Analysis of the method of travel to work in the FNQROC in 2021 compared to the Queensland workforce within the FNQROC shows that 1.4% used public transport, while 67.1% used a private vehicle, compared with 3.9% and 66.3% respectively in Queensland.

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

  • A smaller percentage of local workers who worked at home (11.1% compared to 13.8%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers who did not go to work (13.7% compared to 11.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers who travelled by train (0.0% compared to 1.8%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers who walked only (3.9% compared to 2.6%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Worked at home (+6,904 local workers)
  • Did not go to work (+6,223 local workers)
  • Car, as driver (-1,807 local workers)
  • Other - multiple methods (-909 local workers)

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