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West Tamar Council area

Resident workers - Method of travel to work

The resident workers in West Tamar Council area 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 West Tamar 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
West Tamar Council area 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%Tasmania %Number%Tasmania %2011 to 2016
Car, as driver6,96570.765.36,85369.063.1+112
Car, as passenger4784.95.85825.96.8-104
Train80.10.170.10.1+1
Bus971.02.91281.33.0-31
Ferry40.00.000.00.0+4
Tram00.00.000.00.00
Truck850.90.8920.90.9-7
Motorbike/Motor scooter490.50.6530.50.5-4
Bicycle570.60.8470.50.6+10
Taxi/Other100.10.3150.20.3-5
Other - multiple methods1161.21.31211.21.3-5
Walked only2182.24.82102.15.0+8
Worked at home4734.84.74794.84.5-6
Did not go to work1,20212.211.71,21812.312.4-16
Not stated890.91.01221.21.5-33

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, West Tamar Council area - All industries : 70.7% Car, as passenger, West Tamar Council area - All industries : 4.9% Train, West Tamar Council area - All industries : 0.1% Bus, West Tamar Council area - All industries : 1.0% Ferry, West Tamar Council area - All industries : 0.0% Tram, West Tamar Council area - All industries : 0.0% Truck, West Tamar Council area - All industries : 0.9% Motorbike/Motor scooter, West Tamar Council area - All industries : 0.5% Bicycle, West Tamar Council area - All industries : 0.6% Taxi/Other, West Tamar Council area - All industries : 0.1% Other - multiple methods, West Tamar Council area - All industries : 1.2% Worked at home, West Tamar Council area - All industries : 4.8% Did not go to work, West Tamar Council area - All industries : 12.2% Not stated, West Tamar Council area - All industries : 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 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, West Tamar Council area - All industries: +112 Car, as passenger, West Tamar Council area - All industries: -104 Train, West Tamar Council area - All industries: +1 Bus, West Tamar Council area - All industries: -31 Ferry, West Tamar Council area - All industries: +4 Tram, West Tamar Council area - All industries: 0 Truck, West Tamar Council area - All industries: -7 Motorbike/Motor scooter, West Tamar Council area - All industries: -4 Bicycle, West Tamar Council area - All industries: +10 Taxi/Other, West Tamar Council area - All industries: -5 Other - multiple methods, West Tamar Council area - All industries: -5 Worked at home, West Tamar Council area - All industries: -6 Did not go to work, West Tamar Council area - All industries: -16 Not stated, West Tamar Council area - All industries: -33
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 109 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in West Tamar Council area, compared with 7,528 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 West Tamar Council area shows that 1.1% used public transport, while 76.4% 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 West Tamar Council area and Tasmania were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Car, as driver (70.7% compared to 65.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Walked only (2.2% compared to 4.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Bus (1.0% compared to 2.9%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Car, as driver (+112 people)
  • Car, as passenger (-104 people)
  • Bus (-31 people)
  • Did not go to work (-16 people)

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