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Local workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within the Northern Beaches Council area, the have a lower proportion of people using public transport to get to work than New South Wales.

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 Northern Beaches 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 pace of residence and Residents Place of work for a clearer picture of where people come from to work in the the Northern Beaches Council area, and Employment locations for the Destination Zones they work in and how they arrive there.

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, Northern Beaches 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.

Local workers method of travel to work
Northern Beaches Council area - All industries20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%New South Wales %Number%New South Wales %2011 to 2016
Car, as driver53,28160.457.749,05059.957.5+4,231
Car, as passenger3,5824.14.33,7334.65.0-151
Train1,9742.211.31,4691.89.4+505
Bus4,9605.64.44,3785.34.1+582
Ferry1240.10.2960.10.2+28
Tram110.00.1120.00.0-1
Truck6250.71.07130.91.2-88
Motorbike/Motor scooter7670.90.66660.80.6+101
Bicycle8431.00.77500.90.7+93
Taxi/Other1310.10.21720.20.2-41
Other - multiple methods1,1331.31.29621.21.1+171
Walked only4,0954.63.93,8674.74.1+228
Worked at home8,2589.44.97,2028.84.6+1,056
Did not go to work7,6678.78.77,7279.49.5-60
Not stated7830.91.01,0861.31.5-303

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

Local workers method of travel to work, 2016
Local workers method of travel to work, 2016 Car, as driver, New South Wales: 57.7% Car, as passenger, New South Wales: 4.3% Train, New South Wales: 11.3% 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: 4.9% Did not go to work, New South Wales: 8.7% Not stated, New South Wales: 1.0% Car, as driver, Northern Beaches Council area: 60.4% Car, as passenger, Northern Beaches Council area: 4.1% Train, Northern Beaches Council area: 2.2% Bus, Northern Beaches Council area: 5.6% Ferry, Northern Beaches Council area: 0.1% Tram, Northern Beaches Council area: 0.0% Truck, Northern Beaches Council area: 0.7% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Northern Beaches Council area: 0.9% Bicycle, Northern Beaches Council area: 1.0% Taxi/Other, Northern Beaches Council area: 0.1% Other - multiple methods, Northern Beaches Council area: 1.3% Worked at home, Northern Beaches Council area: 9.4% Did not go to work, Northern Beaches Council area: 8.7% Not stated, Northern Beaches Council area: 0.9%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in local workers method of travel to work, 2011 to 2016
Change in local workers method of travel to work, 2011 to 2016 Car, as driver, Northern Beaches Council area: +4,231 Car, as passenger, Northern Beaches Council area: -151 Train, Northern Beaches Council area: +505 Bus, Northern Beaches Council area: +582 Ferry, Northern Beaches Council area: +28 Tram, Northern Beaches Council area: -1 Truck, Northern Beaches Council area: -88 Motorbike/Motor scooter, Northern Beaches Council area: +101 Bicycle, Northern Beaches Council area: +93 Taxi/Other, Northern Beaches Council area: -41 Other - multiple methods, Northern Beaches Council area: +171 Worked at home, Northern Beaches Council area: +1,056 Did not go to work, Northern Beaches Council area: -60 Not stated, Northern Beaches Council area: -303
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 7,058 people in the who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Northern Beaches Council area, compared with 57,499 who drove in private vehicles (car – as driver, car – as passenger, motorbike, or truck).

Analysis of the method of travel to work of the in the Northern Beaches Council area in 2016 compared to New South Wales shows that 8.0% used public transport, while 65.2% used a private vehicle, compared with 15.9% and 63.0% respectively in New South Wales.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers who worked at home (9.4% compared to 4.9%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers who travelled by car (as driver) (60.4% compared to 57.7%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers who travelled by bus (5.6% compared to 4.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers who travelled by train (2.2% compared to 11.3%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Car, as driver (+4,231 local workers)
  • Worked at home (+1,056 local workers)
  • Bus (+582 local workers)
  • Train (+505 local workers)

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