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Local workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within the Macarthur Region, the have a lower proportion of people using public transport to get to work than New South Wales.

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 Macarthur Region 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 pace of residence and Residents Place of work for a clearer picture of where people come from to work in the the Macarthur Region, and Employment locations for the Destination Zones they work in and how they arrive there.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 – by place of work

Please note: Currently only 2016 data are available for work destination. 2011 data are not comparable due to a change in methodology in 2016 which “imputed” a work destination to those workers who didn’t state their work destination. This means comparisons with earlier years should not be made. .id are currently sourcing data collected under the same methodology in 2011 which will be added to this page at a later date. For a detailed case study of this issue please visit our blog post.

Local workers method of travel to work
Macarthur Region - All industries2016
Main method of travelNumber%New South Wales %
Car, as driver59,85971.557.7
Car, as passenger4,7555.74.3
Motorbike/Motor scooter3120.40.6
Other - multiple methods7500.91.2
Walked only1,3821.73.9
Worked at home3,8974.74.9
Did not go to work7,4318.98.7
Not stated8891.11.0

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Local workers method of travel to work, 2016
Local workers method of travel to work, 2016 Car, as driver, New South Wales: 57.7% Car, as passenger, New South Wales: 4.3% Train, New South Wales: 11.3% 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: 4.9% Did not go to work, New South Wales: 8.7% Not stated, New South Wales: 1.0% Car, as driver, Macarthur Region: 71.5% Car, as passenger, Macarthur Region: 5.7% Train, Macarthur Region: 2.4% Bus, Macarthur Region: 1.2% Ferry, Macarthur Region: 0.0% Tram, Macarthur Region: 0.0% Truck, Macarthur Region: 1.4% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Macarthur Region: 0.4% Bicycle, Macarthur Region: 0.2% Taxi/Other, Macarthur Region: 0.1% Other - multiple methods, Macarthur Region: 0.9% Worked at home, Macarthur Region: 4.7% Did not go to work, Macarthur Region: 8.9% Not stated, Macarthur Region: 1.1%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

In 2016, there were 2,966 people in the who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Macarthur Region, compared with 65,807 who drove in private vehicles (car – as driver, car – as passenger, motorbike, or truck).

Analysis of the method of travel to work of the in the Macarthur Region in 2016 compared to New South Wales shows that 3.5% used public transport, while 78.6% used a private vehicle, compared with 15.9% and 63.0% respectively in New South Wales.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the in the Macarthur Region and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers who travelled by car (as driver) (71.5% compared to 57.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers who travelled by train (2.4% compared to 11.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers who travelled by bus (1.2% compared to 4.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers who walked only (1.7% compared to 3.9%)