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Resident workers - Method of travel to work

The resident workers in the City of Launceston have a lower proportion of people using public transport to get to work than Tasmania.

Maximising access to employment is a key objective in any economic development strategy. Understanding the modes of transport the City of Launceston'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
City of Launceston 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%Tasmania %Number%Tasmania %2011 to 2016
Car, as driver1,18150.548.51,06244.947.1+119
Car, as passenger29212.510.830512.910.5-13
Train00.00.130.10.0-3
Bus944.05.41004.25.0-6
Ferry00.00.000.00.00
Tram00.00.000.00.00
Truck00.00.100.00.10
Motorbike/Motor scooter271.20.9120.50.4+15
Bicycle160.70.7170.70.6-1
Taxi/Other241.00.5180.80.4+6
Other - multiple methods291.21.2341.41.2-5
Walked only2199.49.724810.59.9-29
Worked at home401.73.3492.13.5-9
Did not go to work41117.618.348820.619.9-77
Not stated70.30.7281.21.5-21

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, Tasmania - Accommodation and Food Services  : 48.5% Car, as passenger, Tasmania - Accommodation and Food Services  : 10.8% Train, Tasmania - Accommodation and Food Services  : 0.1% Bus, Tasmania - Accommodation and Food Services  : 5.4% Ferry, Tasmania - Accommodation and Food Services  : 0.0% Tram, Tasmania - Accommodation and Food Services  : 0.0% Truck, Tasmania - Accommodation and Food Services  : 0.1% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Tasmania - Accommodation and Food Services  : 0.9% Bicycle, Tasmania - Accommodation and Food Services  : 0.7% Taxi/Other, Tasmania - Accommodation and Food Services  : 0.5% Other - multiple methods, Tasmania - Accommodation and Food Services  : 1.2% Worked at home, Tasmania - Accommodation and Food Services  : 3.3% Did not go to work, Tasmania - Accommodation and Food Services  : 18.3% Not stated, Tasmania - Accommodation and Food Services  : 0.7% Car, as driver, City of Launceston - Accommodation and Food Services : 50.5% Car, as passenger, City of Launceston - Accommodation and Food Services : 12.5% Train, City of Launceston - Accommodation and Food Services : 0.0% Bus, City of Launceston - Accommodation and Food Services : 4.0% Ferry, City of Launceston - Accommodation and Food Services : 0.0% Tram, City of Launceston - Accommodation and Food Services : 0.0% Truck, City of Launceston - Accommodation and Food Services : 0.0% Motorbike/Motor scooter, City of Launceston - Accommodation and Food Services : 1.2% Bicycle, City of Launceston - Accommodation and Food Services : 0.7% Taxi/Other, City of Launceston - Accommodation and Food Services : 1.0% Other - multiple methods, City of Launceston - Accommodation and Food Services : 1.2% Worked at home, City of Launceston - Accommodation and Food Services : 1.7% Did not go to work, City of Launceston - Accommodation and Food Services : 17.6% Not stated, City of Launceston - Accommodation and Food Services : 0.3%
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, City of Launceston - Accommodation and Food Services: +119 Car, as passenger, City of Launceston - Accommodation and Food Services: -13 Train, City of Launceston - Accommodation and Food Services: -3 Bus, City of Launceston - Accommodation and Food Services: -6 Ferry, City of Launceston - Accommodation and Food Services: 0 Tram, City of Launceston - Accommodation and Food Services: 0 Truck, City of Launceston - Accommodation and Food Services: 0 Motorbike/Motor scooter, City of Launceston - Accommodation and Food Services: +15 Bicycle, City of Launceston - Accommodation and Food Services: -1 Taxi/Other, City of Launceston - Accommodation and Food Services: +6 Other - multiple methods, City of Launceston - Accommodation and Food Services: -5 Worked at home, City of Launceston - Accommodation and Food Services: -9 Did not go to work, City of Launceston - Accommodation and Food Services: -77 Not stated, City of Launceston - Accommodation and Food Services: -21
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 94 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in City of Launceston, compared with 1,473 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 City of Launceston shows that 4.0% used public transport, while 62.9% used a private vehicle, compared with 5.4% and 59.4% respectively in Tasmania.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the resident workers (Accommodation and Food Services) of the City of Launceston and Tasmania were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Accommodation and Food Services) travelled to work by Car, as driver (50.5% compared to 48.5%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Accommodation and Food Services) travelled to work by Car, as passenger (12.5% compared to 10.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Accommodation and Food Services) travelled to work by Worked at home (1.7% compared to 3.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Accommodation and Food Services) travelled to work by Bus (4.0% compared to 5.4%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel of work of the resident workers (Accommodation and Food Services) in the City of Launceston between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Car, as driver (+119 people)
  • Did not go to work (-77 people)
  • Walked only (-29 people)
  • Motorbike/Motor scooter (+15 people)

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