City of Monash

Resident workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within the City of Monash, there is a higher proportion of resident All industries workers using public transport to get to work than the Retail Trade workforce.

Maximising access to employment is a key objective in any economic development strategy. Understanding the modes of transport the City of Monash'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

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Resident workers method of travel to work
City of Monash 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%. Retail Trade%Number%. Retail Trade%2011 - 2016
Car, as driver48,59260.562.347,61960.859.9+973
Car, as passenger3,1804.06.33,2924.26.1-112
Motorbike/Motor scooter2390.30.32570.30.3-18
Other - multiple methods8261.00.87020.90.8+124
Walked only1,8612.32.51,7912.32.6+70
Worked at home3,4694.32.32,9273.72.1+542
Did not go to work6,6658.313.27,1939.215.3-528
Not stated6120.80.41,1661.51.3-554
Total 80,368100.0100.078,329100.0100.0+2,039

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

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Dominant groups

In 2016, there were 13,906 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in the City of Monash, compared with 52,300 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 Monash shows that 17.3% used public transport, while 65.1% used a private vehicle, compared with 10.8% and 69.1% respectively in Retail Trade within the City of Monash.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the resident workers in the City of Monash and the Retail Trade workforce were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers who travelled by train (15.1% compared to 7.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who did not go to work (8.3% compared to 13.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by car, as passenger (4.0% compared to 6.3%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers who worked at home (4.3% compared to 2.3%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Train (+1,634 resident workers)
  • Car, as driver (+973 resident workers)
  • Worked at home (+542 resident workers)
  • Did not go to work (-528 resident workers)

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