Perth Inner City Region

Local workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within Perth Inner City Region, there is a higher proportion of local All industries workers using public transport to get to work than the Western Australia workforce.

This data reveals the main modes of transport used by local workers in a particular industry to get to work. Workforce transport data for Perth Inner City Region is very useful in transport planning as it informs decision-makers about the effectiveness and availability of 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 (For instance, industries located near railway stations are likely to have higher public transport use than those located away from main public transport routes);
  • The number of motor vehicles available from 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 Workers place of residence and resident place of work for a clearer picture of where people come from to work in Perth Inner City Region, and Employment locations for the Destination Zones they work in and how they arrive there.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 & 2021 – by place of work

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Local workers method of travel to work
Perth Inner City Region - All industries20212016Change
Main method of travelNumber%. Western Australia%Number%. Western Australia%2016 - 2021
Car, as driver118,32445.762.5102,35947.362.9+15,965
Car, as passenger10,3544.04.79,1294.24.9+1,225
Motorbike/Motor scooter1,0510.40.31,4800.70.5-429
Other - multiple methods2,4320.91.52,9471.42.1-515
Walked only5,7952.22.26,5083.02.8-713
Worked at home25,97010.07.44,6312.14.2+21,339
Did not go to work28,24310.911.819,5779.110.2+8,666
Not stated9400.40.51,8920.91.1-952
Total 258,868100.0100.0216,183100.0100.0+42,685

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and 2021. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

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Dominant groups

In 2021, there were 60,364 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Perth Inner City Region, compared with 129,925 who drove in private vehicles (car – as driver, car – as passenger, motorbike, or truck).

Analysis of the method of travel to work in Perth Inner City Region in 2021 compared to the Western Australia workforce within Perth Inner City Region shows that 23.3% used public transport, while 50.2% used a private vehicle, compared with 7.4% and 68.1% respectively in Western Australia.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the workforce in Perth Inner City Region and the Western Australia workforce were:

  • A smaller percentage of local workers who travelled by car, as driver (45.7% compared to 62.5%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers who travelled by train (15.4% compared to 4.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers who travelled by bus (7.9% compared to 3.4%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers who worked at home (10.0% compared to 7.4%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel to work of the workforce in Perth Inner City Region between2016 and 2021 were:

  • Worked at home (+21,339 local workers)
  • Car, as driver (+15,965 local workers)
  • Did not go to work (+8,666 local workers)
  • Train (-2,452 local workers)

Perth Inner City Region

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