City of Onkaparinga

Resident workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within the City of Onkaparinga, there is a lower proportion of resident All industries workers using public transport to get to work than the South Australia workforce.

Maximising access to employment is a key objective in any economic development strategy. Understanding the modes of transport the City of Onkaparinga'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 resident place of work for a clearer picture of where working residents are employed.

Data source

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

Select industry:
Current benchmark:
Resident workers method of travel to work
City of Onkaparinga20212016Change
Main method of travelNumber%. South Australia%Number%. South Australia%2016 - 2021
Car, as driver55,32367.364.452,18769.766.0+3,136
Car, as passenger3,0923.84.43,1744.24.6-82
Motorbike/Motor scooter3260.40.43130.40.5+13
Other - multiple methods4760.60.61,0691.41.5-593
Walked only8661.12.58971.22.8-31
Worked at home7,3759.09.62,5883.54.4+4,787
Did not go to work10,13812.310.88,87911.910.7+1,259
Not stated3100.40.55680.80.9-258
Total 82,224100.0100.074,907100.0100.0+7,317

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

Please refer to specific data notes for more information
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Dominant groups

In 2021, there were 3,500 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in the City of Onkaparinga, compared with 59,196 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 City of Onkaparinga shows that 4.3% used public transport, while 72.0% used a private vehicle, compared with 5.3% and 69.6% respectively in South Australia.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the resident workers in the City of Onkaparinga and the South Australia workforce were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers who travelled by car, as driver (67.3% compared to 64.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by bus (1.8% compared to 3.8%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers who did not go to work (12.3% compared to 10.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who walked only (1.1% compared to 2.5%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel to work of the resident workers in the City of Onkaparinga between 2016 and 2021 were:

  • Worked at home (+4,787 resident workers)
  • Car, as driver (+3,136 resident workers)
  • Did not go to work (+1,259 resident workers)
  • Bus (-748 resident workers)

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