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Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region)

Resident workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within the Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region), there is a similar proportion of resident All industries workers using public transport to get to work than the Western Australia workforce.

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 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
Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region) 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%. Western Australia%Number%. Western Australia%2011 - 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
Total 228,336100.0100.0215,176100.0100.0+13,160

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 22,902 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in the Grow South East (South East Metropolitan Region), compared with 164,119 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 71.9% used a private vehicle, compared with 9.2% and 69.4% respectively in Western Australia.

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

  • A larger percentage of resident workers who travelled by car, as driver (66.0% compared to 63.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who walked only (1.5% compared to 2.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who worked at home (3.3% compared to 4.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who did not go to work (9.5% compared to 10.1%)

Emerging groups

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

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

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