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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 lower proportion of people using public transport to get to work than Queensland.

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%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2011 to 2016
Car, as driver10,86373.070.19,67770.166.9+1,186
Car, as passenger5843.93.86524.74.6-68
Train130.12.030.02.3+10
Bus270.22.4500.42.8-23
Ferry50.00.000.00.1+5
Tram50.00.100.00.0+5
Truck50.00.030.00.0+2
Motorbike/Motor scooter660.40.6720.50.6-6
Bicycle1070.70.8940.70.8+13
Taxi/Other740.50.2900.70.3-16
Other - multiple methods980.70.91050.80.8-7
Walked only5433.62.85784.23.6-35
Worked at home3462.32.83122.32.6+34
Did not go to work2,07513.913.02,05014.913.6+25
Not stated780.50.41100.80.9-32

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, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 70.1% Car, as passenger, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 3.8% Train, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 2.0% Bus, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 2.4% Ferry, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 0.0% Tram, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 0.1% Truck, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 0.0% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 0.6% Bicycle, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 0.8% Taxi/Other, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 0.2% Other - multiple methods, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 0.9% Worked at home, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 2.8% Did not go to work, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 13.0% Not stated, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 0.4% Car, as driver, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance : 73.0% Car, as passenger, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance : 3.9% Train, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance : 0.1% Bus, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance : 0.2% Ferry, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance : 0.0% Tram, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance : 0.0% Truck, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance : 0.0% Motorbike/Motor scooter, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance : 0.4% Bicycle, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance : 0.7% Taxi/Other, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance : 0.5% Other - multiple methods, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance : 0.7% Worked at home, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance : 2.3% Did not go to work, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance : 13.9% Not stated, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance : 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 - Health Care and Social Assistance: +1,186 Car, as passenger, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: -68 Train, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: +10 Bus, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: -23 Ferry, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: +5 Tram, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: +5 Truck, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: +2 Motorbike/Motor scooter, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: -6 Bicycle, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: +13 Taxi/Other, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: -16 Other - multiple methods, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: -7 Worked at home, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: +34 Did not go to work, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: +25 Not stated, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: -32
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 45 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, compared with 11,457 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 0.3% used public transport, while 76.9% used a private vehicle, compared with 4.4% and 74.0% respectively in Queensland.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) travelled to work by Car, as driver (73.0% compared to 70.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) travelled to work by Bus (0.2% compared to 2.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) travelled to work by Train (0.1% compared to 2.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel of work of the resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Car, as driver (+1,186 people)
  • Car, as passenger (-68 people)
  • Walked only (-35 people)
  • Worked at home (+34 people)

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