RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Resident workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, there is a similar proportion of resident All industries workers using public transport to get to work than the Wholesale Trade workforce.

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 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 Darling Downs and South West Region 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%. Wholesale Trade%Number%. Wholesale Trade%2011 - 2016
Car, as driver77,22566.377.072,91663.073.8+4,309
Car, as passenger6,7965.85.98,0537.06.7-1,257
Train950.10810.10+14
Bus6300.50.56880.60.4-58
Ferry160.00130.00+3
Tram40.0030.00+1
Truck1,5881.41.51,9891.72.3-401
Motorbike/Motor scooter8490.70.89000.81.1-51
Bicycle8490.70.79310.80.6-82
Taxi/Other2230.202750.20.1-52
Other - multiple methods1,7951.51.11,7261.50.4+69
Walked only5,2534.51.86,1035.33.5-850
Worked at home8,9877.73.18,8347.63.7+153
Did not go to work10,9319.46.811,3729.86.6-441
Not stated1,2641.10.81,8101.60.9-546
Total 116,505100.0100.0115,694100.0100.0+811

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 745 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, compared with 86,458 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 74.2% used a private vehicle, compared with 0.5% and 85.2% respectively in Wholesale Trade within the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region.

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

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by car, as driver (66.3% compared to 77.0%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers who worked at home (7.7% compared to 3.1%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers who walked only (4.5% compared to 1.8%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers who did not go to work (9.4% compared to 6.8%)

Emerging groups

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

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

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