City of Merri-bek

Local workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within the City of Merri-bek, there is a similar proportion of local All industries workers using public transport to get to work than the Victoria 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 the City of Merri-bek 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 the City of Merri-bek, 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
City of Merri-bek - All industries20212016Change
Main method of travelNumber%. Victoria%Number%. Victoria%2016 - 2021
Car, as driver21,87649.450.324,68363.661.9-2,807
Car, as passenger1,4813.33.51,4433.74.0+38
Motorbike/Motor scooter1430.30.21200.30.4+23
Other - multiple methods2340.50.45031.31.2-269
Walked only1,5403.52.31,5233.93.2+17
Worked at home9,89822.425.82,3826.14.6+7,516
Did not go to work5,32912.011.23,3358.69.3+1,994
Not stated1730.40.54131.11.0-240
Total 44,265100.0100.038,814100.0100.0+5,451

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 2,295 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in the City of Merri-bek, compared with 23,679 who drove in private vehicles (car – as driver, car – as passenger, motorbike, or truck).

Analysis of the method of travel to work in the City of Merri-bek in 2021 compared to the Victoria workforce within the City of Merri-bek shows that 5.2% used public transport, while 53.5% used a private vehicle, compared with 4.4% and 54.5% respectively in Victoria.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the workforce in the City of Merri-bek and the Victoria workforce were:

  • A smaller percentage of local workers who worked at home (22.4% compared to 25.8%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers who travelled by bicycle (2.0% compared to 0.7%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers who walked only (3.5% compared to 2.3%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers who did not go to work (12.0% compared to 11.2%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel to work of the workforce in the City of Merri-bek between2016 and 2021 were:

  • Worked at home (+7,516 local workers)
  • Car, as driver (-2,807 local workers)
  • Did not go to work (+1,994 local workers)
  • Train (-518 local workers)

City of Merri-bek

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