North Sydney Council area

Local workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within North Sydney Council area, there is a higher proportion of local All industries workers using public transport to get to work than the New South Wales 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 North Sydney Council area 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 North Sydney Council area, and Employment locations for the Destination Zones they work in and how they arrive there.

Data source

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

Please note: The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, North Sydney Council area in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.
Current industry:
Current benchmark:
Local workers method of travel to work
North Sydney Council area - All industries 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%. New South Wales%Number%. New South Wales%2011 - 2016
Car, as driver20,86128.957.721,92831.757.5-1,067
Car, as passenger1,7372.44.32,0523.05.0-315
Motorbike/Motor scooter8021.10.67061.00.6+96
Other - multiple methods6901.01.27111.01.1-21
Walked only4,2115.83.94,3326.34.1-121
Worked at home3,3014.64.92,7634.04.6+538
Did not go to work4,2745.98.74,4526.49.5-178
Not stated5720.81.06911.01.5-119
Total 72,264100.0100.069,166100.0100.0+3,098

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

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Dominant groups

In 2016, there were 34,908 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in North Sydney Council area, compared with 23,474 who drove in private vehicles (car – as driver, car – as passenger, motorbike, or truck).

Analysis of the method of travel to work in North Sydney Council area in 2016 compared to the New South Wales workforce within North Sydney Council area shows that 48.3% used public transport, while 32.5% used a private vehicle, compared with 16.0% and 63.5% respectively in New South Wales.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the workforce in North Sydney Council area and the New South Wales workforce were:

  • A smaller percentage of local workers who travelled by car, as driver (28.9% compared to 57.7%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers who travelled by train (37.5% compared to 11.3%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers who travelled by bus (10.4% compared to 4.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers who did not go to work (5.9% compared to 8.7%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel to work of the workforce in North Sydney Council area between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Train (+3,382 local workers)
  • Bus (+1,099 local workers)
  • Car, as driver (-1,067 local workers)
  • Worked at home (+538 local workers)

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