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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Resident workers - Method of travel to work

The resident workers in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region have a similar proportion of people using public transport to get to work as Manufacturing.

Maximising access to employment is a key objective in any economic development strategy. Understanding the modes of transport the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region'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
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%Manufacturing %Number%Manufacturing %2011 to 2016
Car, as driver77,22566.375.372,91663.072.1+4,309
Car, as passenger6,7965.88.68,0537.010.9-1,257
Train950.10.0810.10.0+14
Bus6300.50.36880.60.2-58
Ferry160.00.0130.00.0+3
Tram40.00.030.00.0+1
Truck1,5881.40.91,9891.70.9-401
Motorbike/Motor scooter8490.71.19000.81.3-51
Bicycle8490.71.09310.81.3-82
Taxi/Other2230.20.12750.20.2-52
Other - multiple methods1,7951.50.91,7261.51.0+69
Walked only5,2534.53.16,1035.33.4-850
Worked at home8,9877.73.38,8347.62.5+153
Did not go to work10,9319.44.811,3729.85.2-441
Not stated1,2641.10.61,8101.61.0-546

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, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing : 75.3% Car, as passenger, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing : 8.6% Train, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing : 0.0% Bus, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing : 0.3% Ferry, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing : 0.0% Tram, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing : 0.0% Truck, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing : 0.9% Motorbike/Motor scooter, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing : 1.1% Bicycle, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing : 1.0% Taxi/Other, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing : 0.1% Other - multiple methods, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing : 0.9% Worked at home, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing : 3.3% Did not go to work, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing : 4.8% Not stated, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Manufacturing : 0.6% Car, as driver, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries : 66.3% Car, as passenger, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries : 5.8% Train, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries : 0.1% Bus, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries : 0.5% Ferry, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries : 0.0% Tram, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries : 0.0% Truck, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries : 1.4% Motorbike/Motor scooter, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries : 0.7% Bicycle, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries : 0.7% Taxi/Other, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries : 0.2% Other - multiple methods, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries : 1.5% Worked at home, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries : 7.7% Did not go to work, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries : 9.4% Not stated, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries : 1.1%
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, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +4,309 Car, as passenger, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: -1,257 Train, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +14 Bus, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: -58 Ferry, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +3 Tram, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +1 Truck, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: -401 Motorbike/Motor scooter, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: -51 Bicycle, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: -82 Taxi/Other, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: -52 Other - multiple methods, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +69 Worked at home, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +153 Did not go to work, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: -441 Not stated, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: -546
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 741 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, compared with 85,613 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 Darling Downs and South West Region shows that 0.6% used public transport, while 73.5% used a private vehicle, compared with 0.3% and 84.8% respectively in Manufacturing.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the resident workers of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and Manufacturing were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Did not go to work (9.4% compared to 4.8%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Worked at home (7.7% compared to 3.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Car, as driver (66.3% compared to 75.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Car, as passenger (5.8% compared to 8.6%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel of work of the resident workers in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Car, as driver (+4,309 people)
  • Car, as passenger (-1,257 people)
  • Walked only (-850 people)
  • Did not go to work (-441 people)

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