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Town of Port Hedland

Resident workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within the Town of Port Hedland, there is a lower 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 Town of Port Hedland'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

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Resident workers method of travel to work
Town of Port Hedland 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%. Western Australia%Number%. Western Australia%2011 - 2016
Car, as driver4,77967.963.34,67962.060.4+100
Car, as passenger5517.84.975410.05.8-203
Train100.14.9100.15.1--
Bus1422.04.33805.04.2-238
Ferry40.10.030.00.0+1
Tram000.0000.0--
Truck530.80.7881.21.0-35
Motorbike/Motor scooter450.60.5530.70.6-8
Bicycle550.81.0530.71.1+2
Taxi/Other230.30.2280.40.2-5
Other - multiple methods1301.82.01892.52.0-59
Walked only3054.32.84015.33.3-96
Worked at home981.44.31141.54.0-16
Did not go to work72210.310.16929.211.0+30
Not stated1201.71.11061.41.4+14
Total 7,037100.0100.07,550100.0100.0-513

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id the population experts

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Dominant groups

In 2016, there were 156 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in the Town of Port Hedland, compared with 5,428 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 Town of Port Hedland shows that 2.2% used public transport, while 77.1% used a private vehicle, compared with 9.2% and 69.4% respectively in Western Australia.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the resident workers in the Town of Port Hedland and the Western Australia workforce were:

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by train (0.1% compared to 4.9%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers who travelled by car, as driver (67.9% compared to 63.3%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers who travelled by car, as passenger (7.8% compared to 4.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who worked at home (1.4% compared to 4.3%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel to work of the resident workers in the Town of Port Hedland between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Bus (-238 resident workers)
  • Car, as passenger (-203 resident workers)
  • Car, as driver (+100 resident workers)
  • Walked only (-96 resident workers)

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