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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 Wholesale Trade.

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%Wholesale Trade %Number%Wholesale Trade %2011 to 2016
Car, as driver1,77566.977.01,45566.073.8+320
Car, as passenger1826.95.91788.16.7+4
Train40.20.000.00.0+4
Bus170.60.5200.90.4-3
Ferry00.00.000.00.00
Tram00.00.000.00.00
Truck351.31.5642.92.3-29
Motorbike/Motor scooter30.10.880.41.1-5
Bicycle120.50.760.30.6+6
Taxi/Other50.20.080.40.1-3
Other - multiple methods522.01.1331.50.4+19
Walked only823.11.8924.23.5-10
Worked at home2449.23.11185.33.7+126
Did not go to work2308.76.82019.16.6+29
Not stated140.50.8231.00.9-9

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 - Wholesale Trade : 77.0% Car, as passenger, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Wholesale Trade : 5.9% Train, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Wholesale Trade : 0.0% Bus, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Wholesale Trade : 0.5% Ferry, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Wholesale Trade : 0.0% Tram, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Wholesale Trade : 0.0% Truck, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Wholesale Trade : 1.5% Motorbike/Motor scooter, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Wholesale Trade : 0.8% Bicycle, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Wholesale Trade : 0.7% Taxi/Other, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Wholesale Trade : 0.0% Other - multiple methods, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Wholesale Trade : 1.1% Worked at home, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Wholesale Trade : 3.1% Did not go to work, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Wholesale Trade : 6.8% Not stated, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Wholesale Trade : 0.8% Car, as driver, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services : 66.9% Car, as passenger, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services : 6.9% Train, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services : 0.2% Bus, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services : 0.6% Ferry, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services : 0.0% Tram, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services : 0.0% Truck, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services : 1.3% Motorbike/Motor scooter, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services : 0.1% Bicycle, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services : 0.5% Taxi/Other, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services : 0.2% Other - multiple methods, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services : 2.0% Worked at home, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services : 9.2% Did not go to work, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services : 8.7% Not stated, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services : 0.5%
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 - Administrative and Support Services: +320 Car, as passenger, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services: +4 Train, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services: +4 Bus, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services: -3 Ferry, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services: 0 Tram, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services: 0 Truck, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services: -29 Motorbike/Motor scooter, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services: -5 Bicycle, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services: +6 Taxi/Other, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services: -3 Other - multiple methods, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services: +19 Worked at home, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services: +126 Did not go to work, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services: +29 Not stated, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Administrative and Support Services: -9
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 21 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, compared with 1,992 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 0.8% used public transport, while 75.0% used a private vehicle, compared with 0.5% and 84.4% respectively in Wholesale Trade.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the resident workers (Administrative and Support Services) of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and Wholesale Trade were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Administrative and Support Services) travelled to work by Worked at home (9.2% compared to 3.1%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Administrative and Support Services) travelled to work by Did not go to work (8.7% compared to 6.8%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Administrative and Support Services) travelled to work by Walked only (3.1% compared to 1.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Administrative and Support Services) travelled to work by Car, as driver (66.9% compared to 77.0%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Car, as driver (+320 people)
  • Worked at home (+126 people)
  • Truck (-29 people)
  • Did not go to work (+29 people)

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