Inner West Council area

Local workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within the Inner West Council area, there is a higher proportion of local All industries workers using public transport to get to work than the New South Wales 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 the Inner West Council area 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 the Inner West Council area, and Employment locations for the Destination Zones they work in and how they arrive there.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note: The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, the Inner West Council area in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.
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Local workers method of travel to work
Inner West Council area - All industries 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%. New South Wales%Number%. New South Wales%2011 - 2016
Car, as driver32,97552.857.731,11754.657.5+1,858
Car, as passenger2,1373.44.32,3324.15.0-195
Train8,48813.611.36,26411.09.4+2,224
Bus2,8164.54.42,4644.34.1+352
Ferry280.00.2310.10.2-3
Tram1240.20.1300.10.0+94
Truck4120.71.04820.81.2-70
Motorbike/Motor scooter5070.80.63580.60.6+149
Bicycle7501.20.76731.20.7+77
Taxi/Other1270.20.21270.20.2--
Other - multiple methods6881.11.25330.91.1+155
Walked only3,8116.13.93,4756.14.1+336
Worked at home4,0106.44.93,5666.34.6+444
Did not go to work4,9167.98.74,6438.29.5+273
Not stated6121.01.08611.51.5-249
Total 62,401100.0100.056,956100.0100.0+5,445

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 11,456 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in the Inner West Council area, compared with 36,031 who drove in private vehicles (car – as driver, car – as passenger, motorbike, or truck).

Analysis of the method of travel to work in the Inner West Council area in 2016 compared to the New South Wales workforce within the Inner West Council area shows that 18.4% used public transport, while 57.7% used a private vehicle, compared with 16.0% and 63.5% respectively in New South Wales.

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

  • A smaller percentage of local workers who travelled by car, as driver (52.8% compared to 57.7%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers who travelled by train (13.6% compared to 11.3%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers who walked only (6.1% compared to 3.9%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers who worked at home (6.4% compared to 4.9%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Train (+2,224 local workers)
  • Car, as driver (+1,858 local workers)
  • Worked at home (+444 local workers)
  • Bus (+352 local workers)

Inner West Council

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