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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 driver18,56967.465.318,34164.863.1+228
Car, as passenger1,6856.15.81,9867.06.8-301
Train160.10.1140.00.1+2
Bus4531.62.95281.93.0-75
Ferry40.00.060.00.0-2
Tram30.00.030.00.00
Truck1190.40.81850.70.9-66
Motorbike/Motor scooter1560.60.61590.60.5-3
Bicycle2090.80.81840.70.6+25
Taxi/Other1360.50.31490.50.3-13
Other - multiple methods3761.41.33461.21.3+30
Walked only1,5445.64.81,6495.85.0-105
Worked at home9163.34.78793.14.5+37
Did not go to work3,12111.311.73,49612.412.4-375
Not stated2340.81.03811.31.5-147

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 : 65.3% Car, as passenger, Tasmania : 5.8% Train, Tasmania : 0.1% Bus, Tasmania : 2.9% Ferry, Tasmania : 0.0% Tram, Tasmania : 0.0% Truck, Tasmania : 0.8% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Tasmania : 0.6% Bicycle, Tasmania : 0.8% Taxi/Other, Tasmania : 0.3% Other - multiple methods, Tasmania : 1.3% Worked at home, Tasmania : 4.7% Did not go to work, Tasmania : 11.7% Not stated, Tasmania : 1.0% Car, as driver, City of Launceston - All industries : 67.4% Car, as passenger, City of Launceston - All industries : 6.1% Train, City of Launceston - All industries : 0.1% Bus, City of Launceston - All industries : 1.6% Ferry, City of Launceston - All industries : 0.0% Tram, City of Launceston - All industries : 0.0% Truck, City of Launceston - All industries : 0.4% Motorbike/Motor scooter, City of Launceston - All industries : 0.6% Bicycle, City of Launceston - All industries : 0.8% Taxi/Other, City of Launceston - All industries : 0.5% Other - multiple methods, City of Launceston - All industries : 1.4% Worked at home, City of Launceston - All industries : 3.3% Did not go to work, City of Launceston - All industries : 11.3% Not stated, City of Launceston - All industries : 0.8%
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 - All industries: +228 Car, as passenger, City of Launceston - All industries: -301 Train, City of Launceston - All industries: +2 Bus, City of Launceston - All industries: -75 Ferry, City of Launceston - All industries: -2 Tram, City of Launceston - All industries: 0 Truck, City of Launceston - All industries: -66 Motorbike/Motor scooter, City of Launceston - All industries: -3 Bicycle, City of Launceston - All industries: +25 Taxi/Other, City of Launceston - All industries: -13 Other - multiple methods, City of Launceston - All industries: +30 Worked at home, City of Launceston - All industries: +37 Did not go to work, City of Launceston - All industries: -375 Not stated, City of Launceston - All industries: -147
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 473 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in City of Launceston, compared with 20,376 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 1.7% used public transport, while 74.0% used a private vehicle, compared with 2.9% and 71.9% respectively in Tasmania.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the resident workers of the City of Launceston and Tasmania were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Car, as driver (67.4% compared to 65.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Worked at home (3.3% compared to 4.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Bus (1.6% compared to 2.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel of work of the resident workers in the City of Launceston between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Did not go to work (-375 people)
  • Car, as passenger (-301 people)
  • Car, as driver (+228 people)
  • Walked only (-105 people)

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