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 Health Care and Social Assistance 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.
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work
|Resident workers method of travel to work|
|RDA Darling Downs and South West Region||2016||2011||Change|
|Main method of travel||Number||%||Health Care and Social Assistance%||Number||%||Health Care and Social Assistance%||2011 - 2016|
|Car, as driver||77,225||66.3||73.0||72,916||63.0||70.1||+4,309|
|Car, as passenger||6,796||5.8||3.9||8,053||7.0||4.7||-1,257|
|Other - multiple methods||1,795||1.5||0.7||1,726||1.5||0.8||+69|
|Worked at home||8,987||7.7||2.3||8,834||7.6||2.3||+153|
|Did not go to work||10,931||9.4||13.9||11,372||9.8||14.9||-441|
Please refer to specific data notes for more information
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 0.3% and 77.4% respectively in Health Care and Social Assistance 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 Health Care and Social Assistance workforce were:
- A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by car, as driver (66.3% compared to 73.0%)
- A larger percentage of resident workers who worked at home (7.7% compared to 2.3%)
- A smaller percentage of resident workers who did not go to work (9.4% compared to 13.9%)
- A larger percentage of resident workers who travelled by car, as passenger (5.8% compared to 3.9%)
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)