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Resident workers - Method of travel to work

The resident workers in Gold Coast City have a lower proportion of people using public transport to get to work than Queensland.

Maximising access to employment is a key objective in any economic development strategy. Understanding the modes of transport Gold Coast 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 Residents place of work and for a clearer picture of where working residents are employed.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by place of work

Resident workers method of travel to work
Gold Coast City 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2011 to 2016
Car, as driver179,39268.964.1155,39567.161.2+23,997
Car, as passenger12,5254.85.312,8565.56.1-331
Train4,7501.83.24,3911.93.5+359
Bus4,1671.63.64,7262.03.9-559
Ferry670.00.1320.00.1+35
Tram1,6400.60.1270.00.0+1,613
Truck1,9620.80.92,4161.01.3-454
Motorbike/Motor scooter2,0490.80.91,8000.80.9+249
Bicycle2,1710.81.02,0630.91.1+108
Taxi/Other3080.10.23210.10.2-13
Other - multiple methods3,9201.51.52,9741.31.4+946
Walked only6,7402.63.36,5152.83.7+225
Worked at home15,4025.95.312,5325.44.9+2,870
Did not go to work23,2648.99.722,4669.710.2+798
Not stated2,1790.80.93,1331.41.4-954

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

Resident workers method of travel to work, 2016
Resident workers method of travel to work, 2016 Car, as driver, Queensland : 64.1% Car, as passenger, Queensland : 5.3% Train, Queensland : 3.2% Bus, Queensland : 3.6% Ferry, Queensland : 0.1% Tram, Queensland : 0.1% Truck, Queensland : 0.9% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Queensland : 0.9% Bicycle, Queensland : 1.0% Taxi/Other, Queensland : 0.2% Other - multiple methods, Queensland : 1.5% Worked at home, Queensland : 5.3% Did not go to work, Queensland : 9.7% Not stated, Queensland : 0.9% Car, as driver, Gold Coast City - All industries : 68.9% Car, as passenger, Gold Coast City - All industries : 4.8% Train, Gold Coast City - All industries : 1.8% Bus, Gold Coast City - All industries : 1.6% Ferry, Gold Coast City - All industries : 0.0% Tram, Gold Coast City - All industries : 0.6% Truck, Gold Coast City - All industries : 0.8% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Gold Coast City - All industries : 0.8% Bicycle, Gold Coast City - All industries : 0.8% Taxi/Other, Gold Coast City - All industries : 0.1% Other - multiple methods, Gold Coast City - All industries : 1.5% Worked at home, Gold Coast City - All industries : 5.9% Did not go to work, Gold Coast City - All industries : 8.9% Not stated, Gold Coast City - All industries : 0.8%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in resident workers method of travel to work, 2011 to 2016
Change in resident workers method of travel to work, 2011 to 2016 Car, as driver, Gold Coast City - All industries: +23,997 Car, as passenger, Gold Coast City - All industries: -331 Train, Gold Coast City - All industries: +359 Bus, Gold Coast City - All industries: -559 Ferry, Gold Coast City - All industries: +35 Tram, Gold Coast City - All industries: +1,613 Truck, Gold Coast City - All industries: -454 Motorbike/Motor scooter, Gold Coast City - All industries: +249 Bicycle, Gold Coast City - All industries: +108 Taxi/Other, Gold Coast City - All industries: -13 Other - multiple methods, Gold Coast City - All industries: +946 Worked at home, Gold Coast City - All industries: +2,870 Did not go to work, Gold Coast City - All industries: +798 Not stated, Gold Coast City - All industries: -954
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 8,984 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Gold Coast City, compared with 195,519 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 Gold Coast City shows that 3.4% used public transport, while 75.0% used a private vehicle, compared with 6.9% and 70.4% respectively in Queensland.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the resident workers of Gold Coast City and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Car, as driver (68.9% compared to 64.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Bus (1.6% compared to 3.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Train (1.8% compared to 3.2%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel of work of the resident workers in Gold Coast City between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Car, as driver (+23,997 people)
  • Worked at home (+2,870 people)
  • Tram (+1,613 people)
  • Other - multiple methods (+946 people)

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