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Resident workers - Method of travel to work

The resident workers in the Town of Port Hedland have a lower proportion of people using public transport to get to work than Western Australia.

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 Residents place of work and for a clearer picture of where working residents are employed.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by place of work

Resident workers method of travel to work
Town of Port Hedland 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%Western Australia %Number%Western Australia %2011 to 2016
Car, as driver4,77967.963.34,67962.060.4+100
Car, as passenger5517.84.975410.05.8-203
Train100.14.9100.15.10
Bus1422.04.33805.04.2-238
Ferry40.10.030.00.0+1
Tram00.00.000.00.00
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

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

Resident workers method of travel to work, 2016
Resident workers method of travel to work, 2016 Car, as driver, Western Australia : 63.3% Car, as passenger, Western Australia : 4.9% Train, Western Australia : 4.9% Bus, Western Australia : 4.3% Ferry, Western Australia : 0.0% Tram, Western Australia : 0.0% Truck, Western Australia : 0.7% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Western Australia : 0.5% Bicycle, Western Australia : 1.0% Taxi/Other, Western Australia : 0.2% Other - multiple methods, Western Australia : 2.0% Worked at home, Western Australia : 4.3% Did not go to work, Western Australia : 10.1% Not stated, Western Australia : 1.1% Car, as driver, Town of Port Hedland - All industries : 67.9% Car, as passenger, Town of Port Hedland - All industries : 7.8% Train, Town of Port Hedland - All industries : 0.1% Bus, Town of Port Hedland - All industries : 2.0% Ferry, Town of Port Hedland - All industries : 0.1% Tram, Town of Port Hedland - All industries : 0.0% Truck, Town of Port Hedland - All industries : 0.8% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Town of Port Hedland - All industries : 0.6% Bicycle, Town of Port Hedland - All industries : 0.8% Taxi/Other, Town of Port Hedland - All industries : 0.3% Other - multiple methods, Town of Port Hedland - All industries : 1.8% Worked at home, Town of Port Hedland - All industries : 1.4% Did not go to work, Town of Port Hedland - All industries : 10.3% Not stated, Town of Port Hedland - All industries : 1.7%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in resident workers method of travel to work, 2011 to 2016
Change in resident workers method of travel to work, 2011 to 2016 Car, as driver, Town of Port Hedland - All industries: +100 Car, as passenger, Town of Port Hedland - All industries: -203 Train, Town of Port Hedland - All industries: 0 Bus, Town of Port Hedland - All industries: -238 Ferry, Town of Port Hedland - All industries: +1 Tram, Town of Port Hedland - All industries: 0 Truck, Town of Port Hedland - All industries: -35 Motorbike/Motor scooter, Town of Port Hedland - All industries: -8 Bicycle, Town of Port Hedland - All industries: +2 Taxi/Other, Town of Port Hedland - All industries: -5 Other - multiple methods, Town of Port Hedland - All industries: -59 Worked at home, Town of Port Hedland - All industries: -16 Did not go to work, Town of Port Hedland - All industries: +30 Not stated, Town of Port Hedland - All industries: +14
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

In 2016, there were 156 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Town of Port Hedland, compared with 5,383 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 76.5% used a private vehicle, compared with 9.2% and 68.9% respectively in Western Australia.

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

  • A larger percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Car, as driver (67.9% compared to 63.3%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Car, as passenger (7.8% compared to 4.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Train (0.1% compared to 4.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Worked at home (1.4% compared to 4.3%)

Emerging groups

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

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

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