Meander Valley Council

Local workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within Meander Valley Council, there is a lower proportion of local All industries workers using public transport to get to work than the Tasmania 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 Meander Valley Council 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 Meander Valley Council, and Employment locations for the Destination Zones they work in and how they arrive there.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 & 2021 – by place of work

Current industry:
Current benchmark:
Local workers method of travel to work
Meander Valley Council - All industries20212016Change
Main method of travelNumber%. Tasmania%Number%. Tasmania%2016 - 2021
Car, as driver3,57165.865.13,52964.265.5+42
Car, as passenger2083.85.32073.85.8+1
Motorbike/Motor scooter270.50.5380.70.6-11
Other - multiple methods450.80.4721.31.3-27
Walked only2334.34.22775.04.8-44
Worked at home69512.87.65399.84.7+156
Did not go to work4798.811.465511.911.6-176
Not stated500.90.6591.11.0-9
Total 5,423100.0100.05,499100.0100.0-76

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and 2021. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

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Dominant groups

In 2021, there were 34 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Meander Valley Council, compared with 3,860 who drove in private vehicles (car – as driver, car – as passenger, motorbike, or truck).

Analysis of the method of travel to work in Meander Valley Council in 2021 compared to the Tasmania workforce within Meander Valley Council shows that 0.6% used public transport, while 71.2% used a private vehicle, compared with 3.0% and 71.5% respectively in Tasmania.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the workforce in Meander Valley Council and the Tasmania workforce were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers who worked at home (12.8% compared to 7.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers who did not go to work (8.8% compared to 11.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers who travelled by bus (0.6% compared to 3.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers who travelled by car, as passenger (3.8% compared to 5.3%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel to work of the workforce in Meander Valley Council between2016 and 2021 were:

  • Did not go to work (-176 local workers)
  • Worked at home (+156 local workers)
  • Walked only (-44 local workers)
  • Car, as driver (+42 local workers)

Meander Valley Council

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