Penrith City

Resident workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

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

Maximising access to employment is a key objective in any economic development strategy. Understanding the modes of transport Penrith City'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 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Select industry:
Current benchmark:
Resident workers method of travel to work
Penrith City 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%. New South Wales%Number%. New South Wales%2011 - 2016
Car, as driver63,09066.557.856,43464.757.6+6,656
Car, as passenger4,6654.94.34,7665.55.0-101
Motorbike/Motor scooter4320.50.64160.50.6+16
Other - multiple methods9101.01.27170.81.1+193
Walked only1,3081.43.91,3941.64.1-86
Worked at home2,8913.04.82,4322.84.6+459
Did not go to work8,0308.58.78,1939.49.5-163
Not stated7880.81.01,4531.71.5-665
Total 94,859100.0100.087,230100.0100.0+7,629

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

Please refer to specific data notes for more information
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Dominant groups

In 2016, there were 10,746 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Penrith City, compared with 69,905 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 Penrith City shows that 11.3% used public transport, while 73.7% used a private vehicle, compared with 15.9% and 63.7% respectively in New South Wales.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the resident workers in Penrith City and the New South Wales workforce were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers who travelled by car, as driver (66.5% compared to 57.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by bus (1.0% compared to 4.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who walked only (1.4% compared to 3.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who worked at home (3.0% compared to 4.8%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel to work of the resident workers in Penrith City between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Car, as driver (+6,656 resident workers)
  • Train (+1,354 resident workers)
  • Worked at home (+459 resident workers)
  • Other - multiple methods (+193 resident workers)

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