RDA Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island

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RDA Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island

Resident workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within the RDA Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island, 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 RDA Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island'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
RDA Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%. South Australia%Number%. South Australia%2011 - 2016
Car, as driver36,07665.966.034,69064.263.8+1,386
Car, as passenger2,1714.04.62,4834.65.3-312
Train1240.21.9970.21.6+27
Bus1,8373.44.71,8143.44.8+23
Ferry000.0120.00.0-12
Tram30.00.470.00.3-4
Truck4250.80.65401.00.8-115
Motorbike/Motor scooter1950.40.52150.40.5-20
Bicycle2190.41.02310.41.0-12
Taxi/Other470.10.2520.10.2-5
Other - multiple methods7191.31.58771.61.5-158
Walked only1,5432.82.81,8483.43.2-305
Worked at home4,0037.34.43,8117.14.2+192
Did not go to work6,89712.610.76,67212.311.4+225
Not stated5190.90.96821.31.4-163
Total 54,778100.0100.054,031100.0100.0+747

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 1,964 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in the RDA Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island, compared with 38,867 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 RDA Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island shows that 3.6% used public transport, while 71.0% used a private vehicle, compared with 7.0% and 71.6% respectively in South Australia.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the resident workers in the RDA Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island and the South Australia workforce were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers who worked at home (7.3% compared to 4.4%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers who did not go to work (12.6% compared to 10.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by train (0.2% compared to 1.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by bus (3.4% compared to 4.7%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel to work of the resident workers in the RDA Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Car, as driver (+1,386 resident workers)
  • Car, as passenger (-312 resident workers)
  • Walked only (-305 resident workers)
  • Did not go to work (+225 resident workers)

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