City of Melville

Resident workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within the City of Melville, there is a higher proportion of resident All industries workers using public transport to get to work than the Western Australia workforce.

Maximising access to employment is a key objective in any economic development strategy. Understanding the modes of transport the City of Melville'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 resident place of work for a clearer picture of where working residents are employed.

Data source

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

Select industry:
Current benchmark:
Resident workers method of travel to work
City of Melville 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%. Western Australia%Number%. Western Australia%2011 - 2016
Car, as driver29,99564.363.329,82861.660.4+167
Car, as passenger1,8614.04.92,1794.55.8-318
Motorbike/Motor scooter1940.40.52150.40.6-21
Other - multiple methods6631.42.06901.42.0-27
Walked only7581.62.88441.73.3-86
Worked at home2,4305.24.32,1494.44.0+281
Did not go to work4,70810.110.15,43911.211.0-731
Not stated3400.71.15771.21.4-237
Total 46,663100.0100.048,383100.0100.0-1,720

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

Please refer to specific data notes for more information
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Dominant groups

In 2016, there were 4,805 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in the City of Melville, compared with 32,220 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 Melville shows that 10.3% used public transport, while 69.0% used a private vehicle, compared with 9.2% and 69.4% respectively in Western Australia.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the resident workers in the City of Melville and the Western Australia workforce were:

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who walked only (1.6% compared to 2.8%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers who travelled by car, as driver (64.3% compared to 63.3%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers who worked at home (5.2% compared to 4.3%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers who travelled by train (5.8% compared to 4.9%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Did not go to work (-731 resident workers)
  • Train (-389 resident workers)
  • Car, as passenger (-318 resident workers)
  • Worked at home (+281 resident workers)

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