Hilltops Council area

Resident workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within the Hilltops Council area, there is a lower proportion of resident All industries workers using public transport to get to work than the NSW workforce.

Maximising access to employment is a key objective in any economic development strategy. Understanding the modes of transport the Hilltops Council area'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 2016 & 2021 – by place of work

Select industry:
Current benchmark:
Resident workers method of travel to work
Hilltops Council area20212016Change
Main method of travelNumber%. NSW%Number%. NSW%2016 - 2021
Car, as driver5,30866.043.44,79863.557.8+510
Car, as passenger3894.83.23734.94.3+16
Motorbike/Motor scooter280.30.4400.50.6-12
Other - multiple methods690.90.51211.61.2-52
Walked only3784.72.54165.53.9-38
Worked at home98412.231.06829.04.8+302
Did not go to work6227.713.276910.28.7-147
Not stated871.10.51121.51.0-25
Total 8,043100.0100.07,553100.0100.0+490

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 19 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in the Hilltops Council area, compared with 5,862 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 Hilltops Council area shows that 0.2% used public transport, while 72.9% used a private vehicle, compared with 4.0% and 47.8% respectively in NSW.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the resident workers in the Hilltops Council area and the NSW workforce were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers who travelled by car, as driver (66.0% compared to 43.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who worked at home (12.2% compared to 31.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who did not go to work (7.7% compared to 13.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by train (0.0% compared to 2.8%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel to work of the resident workers in the Hilltops Council area between 2016 and 2021 were:

  • Car, as driver (+510 resident workers)
  • Worked at home (+302 resident workers)
  • Did not go to work (-147 resident workers)
  • Other - multiple methods (-52 resident workers)

Hilltops Council area

economic profile