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Southern Downs Regional Council area

Resident workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within the Southern Downs Regional Council area, there is a lower proportion of resident All industries workers using public transport to get to work than the Queensland workforce.

Maximising access to employment is a key objective in any economic development strategy. Understanding the modes of transport the Southern Downs Regional Council area'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
Southern Downs Regional Council area 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%. Queensland%Number%. Queensland%2011 - 2016
Car, as driver9,06564.364.18,70560.761.2+360
Car, as passenger8746.25.31,0537.36.1-179
Train120.13.2140.13.5-2
Bus420.33.6500.33.9-8
Ferry000.130.00.1-3
Tram000.1000.0--
Truck2691.90.93102.21.3-41
Motorbike/Motor scooter860.60.91110.80.9-25
Bicycle760.51.01110.81.1-35
Taxi/Other320.20.2310.20.2+1
Other - multiple methods2151.51.51951.41.4+20
Walked only6634.73.37355.13.7-72
Worked at home1,2088.65.31,2808.94.9-72
Did not go to work1,3609.69.71,51910.610.2-159
Not stated1981.40.92251.61.4-27
Total 14,100100.0100.014,342100.0100.0-242

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 54 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in the Southern Downs Regional Council area, compared with 10,294 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 Southern Downs Regional Council area shows that 0.4% used public transport, while 73.0% used a private vehicle, compared with 7.0% and 71.2% respectively in Queensland.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the resident workers in the Southern Downs Regional Council area and the Queensland workforce were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers who worked at home (8.6% compared to 5.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by bus (0.3% compared to 3.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by train (0.1% compared to 3.2%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers who walked only (4.7% compared to 3.3%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel to work of the resident workers in the Southern Downs Regional Council area between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Car, as driver (+360 resident workers)
  • Car, as passenger (-179 resident workers)
  • Did not go to work (-159 resident workers)
  • Worked at home (-72 resident workers)

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