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Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region)

Resident workers - Method of travel to work

The resident workers in the Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region) have a higher proportion of people using public transport to get to work than Western Australia.

Maximising access to employment is a key objective in any economic development strategy. Understanding the modes of transport the Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region)'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
Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region) 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%Western Australia %Number%Western Australia %2011 to 2016
Car, as driver150,63566.063.3134,75662.660.4+15,879
Car, as passenger10,8054.74.911,8175.55.8-1,012
Train12,6075.54.912,9646.05.1-357
Bus10,1984.54.310,0634.74.2+135
Ferry630.00.0760.00.0-13
Tram340.00.0270.00.0+7
Truck1,6790.70.72,1321.01.0-453
Motorbike/Motor scooter1,0000.40.51,1730.50.6-173
Bicycle1,9710.91.02,1991.01.1-228
Taxi/Other4540.20.24400.20.2+14
Other - multiple methods4,0961.82.03,5991.72.0+497
Walked only3,5011.52.83,8781.83.3-377
Worked at home7,5733.34.36,6533.14.0+920
Did not go to work21,5959.510.122,52910.511.0-934
Not stated2,1250.91.12,8701.31.4-745

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, Western Australia : 63.3% Car, as passenger, Western Australia : 4.9% Train, Western Australia : 4.9% Bus, Western Australia : 4.3% Ferry, Western Australia : 0.0% Tram, Western Australia : 0.0% Truck, Western Australia : 0.7% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Western Australia : 0.5% Bicycle, Western Australia : 1.0% Taxi/Other, Western Australia : 0.2% Other - multiple methods, Western Australia : 2.0% Worked at home, Western Australia : 4.3% Did not go to work, Western Australia : 10.1% Not stated, Western Australia : 1.1% Car, as driver, Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region) - All industries : 66.0% Car, as passenger, Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region) - All industries : 4.7% Train, Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region) - All industries : 5.5% Bus, Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region) - All industries : 4.5% Ferry, Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region) - All industries : 0.0% Tram, Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region) - All industries : 0.0% Truck, Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region) - All industries : 0.7% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region) - All industries : 0.4% Bicycle, Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region) - All industries : 0.9% Taxi/Other, Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region) - All industries : 0.2% Other - multiple methods, Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region) - All industries : 1.8% Worked at home, Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region) - All industries : 3.3% Did not go to work, Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region) - All industries : 9.5% Not stated, Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region) - All industries : 0.9%
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, Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region) - All industries: +15,879 Car, as passenger, Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region) - All industries: -1,012 Train, Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region) - All industries: -357 Bus, Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region) - All industries: +135 Ferry, Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region) - All industries: -13 Tram, Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region) - All industries: +7 Truck, Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region) - All industries: -453 Motorbike/Motor scooter, Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region) - All industries: -173 Bicycle, Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region) - All industries: -228 Taxi/Other, Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region) - All industries: +14 Other - multiple methods, Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region) - All industries: +497 Worked at home, Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region) - All industries: +920 Did not go to work, Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region) - All industries: -934 Not stated, Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region) - All industries: -745
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 22,868 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region), compared with 163,153 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 Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region) shows that 10.0% used public transport, while 71.5% used a private vehicle, compared with 9.2% and 68.9% respectively in Western Australia.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the resident workers of the Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region) and Western Australia were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Car, as driver (66.0% compared to 63.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Walked only (1.5% compared to 2.8%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel of work of the resident workers in the Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region) between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Car, as driver (+15,879 people)
  • Car, as passenger (-1,012 people)
  • Did not go to work (-934 people)
  • Worked at home (+920 people)

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