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Local workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within the NSROC Region, there is a higher proportion of local All industries workers using public transport to get to work than the New South Wales workforce.

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 NSROC Region 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 place of residence and resident place of work for a clearer picture of where people come from to work in the NSROC Region, and Employment locations for the Destination Zones they work in and how they arrive there.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 & 2021 – by place of work

Current industry:
Current benchmark:
Local workers method of travel to work
NSROC Region - All industries20212016Change
Main method of travelNumber%. New South Wales%Number%. New South Wales%2016 - 2021
Car, as driver92,74227.243.2157,80749.757.7-65,065
Car, as passenger6,3901.93.29,9493.14.3-3,559
Motorbike/Motor scooter1,2050.40.42,5330.80.6-1,328
Other - multiple methods1,2310.40.53,0971.01.2-1,866
Walked only8,4932.52.513,9644.43.9-5,471
Worked at home167,00849.031.318,8155.94.9+148,193
Did not go to work39,34911.513.224,5437.78.7+14,806
Not stated1,1780.30.52,4700.81.0-1,292
Total 340,697100.0100.0317,724100.0100.0+22,973

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and 2021. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

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Dominant groups

In 2021, there were 21,256 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in the NSROC Region, compared with 101,002 who drove in private vehicles (car – as driver, car – as passenger, motorbike, or truck).

Analysis of the method of travel to work in the NSROC Region in 2021 compared to the New South Wales workforce within the NSROC Region shows that 6.2% used public transport, while 29.6% used a private vehicle, compared with 3.9% and 47.5% respectively in New South Wales.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the workforce in the NSROC Region and the New South Wales workforce were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers who worked at home (49.0% compared to 31.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers who travelled by car, as driver (27.2% compared to 43.2%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers who travelled by train (5.0% compared to 2.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers who did not go to work (11.5% compared to 13.2%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel to work of the workforce in the NSROC Region between2016 and 2021 were:

  • Worked at home (+148,193 local workers)
  • Car, as driver (-65,065 local workers)
  • Train (-45,571 local workers)
  • Did not go to work (+14,806 local workers)

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