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Resident workers - Method of travel to work

The resident workers in the Northern Beaches Council area have a higher proportion of people using public transport to get to work than New South Wales.

Maximising access to employment is a key objective in any economic development strategy. Understanding the modes of transport the Northern Beaches Council area'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 Residents place of work and for a clearer picture of where working residents are employed.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by place of work

Resident workers method of travel to work
Northern Beaches Council area 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%New South Wales %Number%New South Wales %2011 to 2016
Car, as driver70,70354.557.867,01355.157.6+3,690
Car, as passenger4,4633.44.34,9144.05.0-451
Train3,5582.711.22,5742.19.3+984
Bus16,65312.84.414,54112.04.2+2,112
Ferry2,7212.10.22,1811.80.2+540
Tram190.00.1210.00.0-2
Truck9690.71.01,1450.91.2-176
Motorbike/Motor scooter1,6111.20.61,2501.00.6+361
Bicycle1,3081.00.71,1691.00.7+139
Taxi/Other2490.20.23250.30.2-76
Other - multiple methods2,0231.61.21,8301.51.1+193
Walked only4,3763.43.94,1773.44.1+199
Worked at home9,2577.14.87,9106.54.6+1,347
Did not go to work10,7058.38.711,0419.19.5-336
Not stated1,0690.81.01,5271.31.5-458

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

Resident workers method of travel to work, 2016
Resident workers method of travel to work, 2016 Car, as driver, New South Wales : 57.8% Car, as passenger, New South Wales : 4.3% Train, New South Wales : 11.2% Bus, New South Wales : 4.4% Ferry, New South Wales : 0.2% Tram, New South Wales : 0.1% Truck, New South Wales : 1.0% Motorbike/Motor scooter, New South Wales : 0.6% Bicycle, New South Wales : 0.7% Taxi/Other, New South Wales : 0.2% Other - multiple methods, New South Wales : 1.2% Worked at home, New South Wales : 4.8% Did not go to work, New South Wales : 8.7% Not stated, New South Wales : 1.0% Car, as driver, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries : 54.5% Car, as passenger, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries : 3.4% Train, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries : 2.7% Bus, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries : 12.8% Ferry, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries : 2.1% Tram, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries : 0.0% Truck, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries : 0.7% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries : 1.2% Bicycle, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries : 1.0% Taxi/Other, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries : 0.2% Other - multiple methods, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries : 1.6% Worked at home, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries : 7.1% Did not go to work, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries : 8.3% Not stated, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries : 0.8%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in resident workers method of travel to work, 2011 to 2016
Change in resident workers method of travel to work, 2011 to 2016 Car, as driver, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: +3,690 Car, as passenger, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: -451 Train, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: +984 Bus, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: +2,112 Ferry, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: +540 Tram, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: -2 Truck, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: -176 Motorbike/Motor scooter, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: +361 Bicycle, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: +139 Taxi/Other, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: -76 Other - multiple methods, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: +193 Worked at home, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: +1,347 Did not go to work, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: -336 Not stated, Northern Beaches Council area - All industries: -458
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

In 2016, there were 22,932 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Northern Beaches Council area, compared with 76,154 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 Northern Beaches Council area shows that 17.7% used public transport, while 58.7% used a private vehicle, compared with 15.8% and 63.1% respectively in New South Wales.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the resident workers of the Northern Beaches Council area and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Bus (12.8% compared to 4.4%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Worked at home (7.1% compared to 4.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Train (2.7% compared to 11.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Car, as driver (54.5% compared to 57.8%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel of work of the resident workers in the Northern Beaches Council area between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Car, as driver (+3,690 people)
  • Bus (+2,112 people)
  • Worked at home (+1,347 people)
  • Train (+984 people)

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