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Northern Tasmania Region

Resident workers - Method of travel to work

The resident workers in the Northern Tasmania Region have a lower proportion of people using public transport to get to work than Tasmania.

Maximising access to employment is a key objective in any economic development strategy. Understanding the modes of transport the Northern Tasmania Region'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 Tasmania Region 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%Tasmania %Number%Tasmania %2011 to 2016
Car, as driver39,77768.165.339,21765.663.1+560
Car, as passenger3,0335.25.83,6976.26.8-664
Train330.10.1240.00.1+9
Bus6741.22.98261.43.0-152
Ferry80.00.060.00.0+2
Tram30.00.030.00.00
Truck4590.80.85701.00.9-111
Motorbike/Motor scooter3200.50.63270.50.5-7
Bicycle3380.60.82980.50.6+40
Taxi/Other1580.30.31830.30.3-25
Other - multiple methods7971.41.37621.31.3+35
Walked only2,7004.64.82,8414.85.0-141
Worked at home2,8544.94.72,9214.94.5-67
Did not go to work6,69411.511.77,27512.212.4-581
Not stated5901.01.08191.41.5-229

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, Tasmania : 65.3% Car, as passenger, Tasmania : 5.8% Train, Tasmania : 0.1% Bus, Tasmania : 2.9% Ferry, Tasmania : 0.0% Tram, Tasmania : 0.0% Truck, Tasmania : 0.8% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Tasmania : 0.6% Bicycle, Tasmania : 0.8% Taxi/Other, Tasmania : 0.3% Other - multiple methods, Tasmania : 1.3% Worked at home, Tasmania : 4.7% Did not go to work, Tasmania : 11.7% Not stated, Tasmania : 1.0% Car, as driver, Northern Tasmania Region - All industries : 68.1% Car, as passenger, Northern Tasmania Region - All industries : 5.2% Train, Northern Tasmania Region - All industries : 0.1% Bus, Northern Tasmania Region - All industries : 1.2% Ferry, Northern Tasmania Region - All industries : 0.0% Tram, Northern Tasmania Region - All industries : 0.0% Truck, Northern Tasmania Region - All industries : 0.8% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Northern Tasmania Region - All industries : 0.5% Bicycle, Northern Tasmania Region - All industries : 0.6% Taxi/Other, Northern Tasmania Region - All industries : 0.3% Other - multiple methods, Northern Tasmania Region - All industries : 1.4% Worked at home, Northern Tasmania Region - All industries : 4.9% Did not go to work, Northern Tasmania Region - All industries : 11.5% Not stated, Northern Tasmania Region - All industries : 1.0%
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 Tasmania Region - All industries: +560 Car, as passenger, Northern Tasmania Region - All industries: -664 Train, Northern Tasmania Region - All industries: +9 Bus, Northern Tasmania Region - All industries: -152 Ferry, Northern Tasmania Region - All industries: +2 Tram, Northern Tasmania Region - All industries: 0 Truck, Northern Tasmania Region - All industries: -111 Motorbike/Motor scooter, Northern Tasmania Region - All industries: -7 Bicycle, Northern Tasmania Region - All industries: +40 Taxi/Other, Northern Tasmania Region - All industries: -25 Other - multiple methods, Northern Tasmania Region - All industries: +35 Worked at home, Northern Tasmania Region - All industries: -67 Did not go to work, Northern Tasmania Region - All industries: -581 Not stated, Northern Tasmania Region - All industries: -229
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 715 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Northern Tasmania Region, compared with 43,272 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 Tasmania Region shows that 1.2% used public transport, while 74.0% used a private vehicle, compared with 2.9% and 71.9% respectively in Tasmania.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the resident workers of the Northern Tasmania Region and Tasmania were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Car, as driver (68.1% compared to 65.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Bus (1.2% compared to 2.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel of work of the resident workers in the Northern Tasmania Region between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Car, as passenger (-664 people)
  • Did not go to work (-581 people)
  • Car, as driver (+560 people)
  • Bus (-152 people)

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