Northern Beaches Council area
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||2016||2011||Change|
|Main method of travel||Number||%||New South Wales %||Number||%||New South Wales %||2011 to 2016|
|Car, as driver||70,703||54.5||57.8||67,013||55.1||57.6||+3,690||2001|
|Car, as passenger||4,463||3.4||4.3||4,914||4.0||5.0||-451||2002|
|Other - multiple methods||2,023||1.6||1.2||1,830||1.5||1.1||+193||2017|
|Worked at home||9,257||7.1||4.8||7,910||6.5||4.6||+1,347||2019|
|Did not go to work||10,705||8.3||8.7||11,041||9.1||9.5||-336||2020|
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing (opens a new window) 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (opens a new window), the population experts.
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%)
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)