City of Perth

Resident workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within the City of Perth, there is a higher proportion of resident All industries workers using public transport to get to work than the Western Australia workforce.

Maximising access to employment is a key objective in any economic development strategy. Understanding the modes of transport the City of Perth'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 Perth20212016Change
Main method of travelNumber%. Western Australia%Number%. Western Australia%2016 - 2021
Car, as driver5,42432.562.64,14832.763.3+1,276
Car, as passenger6533.94.74233.34.9+230
Motorbike/Motor scooter810.50.3560.40.5+25
Other - multiple methods3171.91.52301.82.0+87
Walked only2,74316.42.22,60520.52.8+138
Worked at home1,3498.17.54553.64.3+894
Did not go to work1,74210.411.71,1889.410.1+554
Not stated830.50.51541.21.1-71
Total 16,707100.0100.012,679100.0100.0+4,028

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 3,849 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in the City of Perth, compared with 6,182 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 Perth shows that 23.0% used public transport, while 37.0% used a private vehicle, compared with 7.4% and 68.2% respectively in Western Australia.

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

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by car, as driver (32.5% compared to 62.6%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers who travelled by bus (18.2% compared to 3.3%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers who walked only (16.4% compared to 2.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who did not go to work (10.4% compared to 11.7%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Car, as driver (+1,276 resident workers)
  • Worked at home (+894 resident workers)
  • Bus (+651 resident workers)
  • Did not go to work (+554 resident workers)

City of Perth

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