Inner West Council area

Resident workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within the Inner West Council area, there is a higher proportion of resident All industries workers using public transport to get to work than the New South Wales workforce.

Maximising access to employment is a key objective in any economic development strategy. Understanding the modes of transport the Inner West 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 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

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Resident workers method of travel to work
Inner West Council area 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%. New South Wales%Number%. New South Wales%2011 - 2016
Car, as driver35,22535.457.835,25038.157.6-25
Car, as passenger2,6362.64.33,0293.35.0-393
Train24,78624.911.218,58720.19.3+6,199
Bus10,86010.94.411,23712.14.2-377
Ferry7270.70.26560.70.2+71
Tram1,4251.40.14240.50.0+1,001
Truck3400.31.03900.41.2-50
Motorbike/Motor scooter1,2041.20.61,0901.20.6+114
Bicycle2,6332.60.72,5102.70.7+123
Taxi/Other3760.40.24910.50.2-115
Other - multiple methods1,1941.21.21,0281.11.1+166
Walked only5,1805.23.94,7515.14.1+429
Worked at home4,6164.64.84,0954.44.6+521
Did not go to work7,6367.78.77,9718.69.5-335
Not stated7320.71.01,0001.11.5-268
Total 99,570100.0100.092,509100.0100.0+7,061

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 37,798 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in the Inner West Council area, compared with 39,405 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 Inner West Council area shows that 38.0% used public transport, while 39.6% used a private vehicle, compared with 15.9% and 63.7% respectively in New South Wales.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the resident workers in the Inner West Council area and the New South Wales workforce were:

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by car, as driver (35.4% compared to 57.8%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers who travelled by train (24.9% compared to 11.2%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers who travelled by bus (10.9% compared to 4.4%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers who travelled by bicycle (2.6% compared to 0.7%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel to work of the resident workers in the Inner West Council area between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Train (+6,199 resident workers)
  • Tram (+1,001 resident workers)
  • Worked at home (+521 resident workers)
  • Walked only (+429 resident workers)

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