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Resident workers - Method of travel to work

The resident workers in the Inner West Council area have a higher proportion of people using public transport to get to work than New South Wales.

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 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
Inner West Council area 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%New South Wales %Number%New South Wales %2011 to 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

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, New South Wales : 57.8% Car, as passenger, New South Wales : 4.3% Train, New South Wales : 11.2% Bus, New South Wales : 4.4% Ferry, New South Wales : 0.2% Tram, New South Wales : 0.1% Truck, New South Wales : 1.0% Motorbike/Motor scooter, New South Wales : 0.6% Bicycle, New South Wales : 0.7% Taxi/Other, New South Wales : 0.2% Other - multiple methods, New South Wales : 1.2% Worked at home, New South Wales : 4.8% Did not go to work, New South Wales : 8.7% Not stated, New South Wales : 1.0% Car, as driver, Inner West Council area - All industries : 35.4% Car, as passenger, Inner West Council area - All industries : 2.6% Train, Inner West Council area - All industries : 24.9% Bus, Inner West Council area - All industries : 10.9% Ferry, Inner West Council area - All industries : 0.7% Tram, Inner West Council area - All industries : 1.4% Truck, Inner West Council area - All industries : 0.3% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Inner West Council area - All industries : 1.2% Bicycle, Inner West Council area - All industries : 2.6% Taxi/Other, Inner West Council area - All industries : 0.4% Other - multiple methods, Inner West Council area - All industries : 1.2% Worked at home, Inner West Council area - All industries : 4.6% Did not go to work, Inner West Council area - All industries : 7.7% Not stated, Inner West Council area - All industries : 0.7%
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, Inner West Council area - All industries: -25 Car, as passenger, Inner West Council area - All industries: -393 Train, Inner West Council area - All industries: +6,199 Bus, Inner West Council area - All industries: -377 Ferry, Inner West Council area - All industries: +71 Tram, Inner West Council area - All industries: +1,001 Truck, Inner West Council area - All industries: -50 Motorbike/Motor scooter, Inner West Council area - All industries: +114 Bicycle, Inner West Council area - All industries: +123 Taxi/Other, Inner West Council area - All industries: -115 Other - multiple methods, Inner West Council area - All industries: +166 Worked at home, Inner West Council area - All industries: +521 Did not go to work, Inner West Council area - All industries: -335 Not stated, Inner West Council area - All industries: -268
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 36,373 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Inner West Council area, compared with 39,626 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 36.5% used public transport, while 39.8% used a private vehicle, compared with 15.8% and 63.1% respectively in New South Wales.

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

  • A larger percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Train (24.9% compared to 11.2%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Bus (10.9% compared to 4.4%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Bicycle (2.6% compared to 0.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Car, as driver (35.4% compared to 57.8%)

Emerging groups

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

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

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