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Resident workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within Gold Coast City, 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 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 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
Gold Coast City 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%. Queensland%Number%. Queensland%2011 - 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
Total 260,536100.0100.0231,647100.0100.0+28,889

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 10,624 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Gold Coast City, compared with 195,928 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 4.1% used public transport, while 75.2% 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 Gold Coast City and the Queensland workforce were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers who travelled by car, as driver (68.9% compared to 64.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by bus (1.6% compared to 3.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by train (1.8% compared to 3.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who did not go to work (8.9% compared to 9.7%)

Emerging groups

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

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

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