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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Local workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, there is a similar proportion of local workers using public transport to get to work as the Health Care and Social Assistance workforce.

This data reveals the main modes of transport used by local workers in a particular industry to get to work. Workforce transport data for the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region is very useful in transport planning as it informs decision-makers about the effectiveness and availability of 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 (For instance, industries located near railway stations are likely to have higher public transport use than those located away from main public transport routes);
  • The number of motor vehicles available from 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 Workers pace of residence and Residents Place of work for a clearer picture of where people come from to work in the the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, and Employment locations for the Destination Zones they work in and how they arrive there.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note – The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.

Local workers method of travel to work
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%Health Care and Social Assistance %Number%Health Care and Social Assistance %2011 to 2016
Car, as driver76,43565.772.872,23462.970.4+4,201
Car, as passenger6,7705.83.97,9576.94.7-1,187
Train1010.10.0660.10.0+35
Bus6770.60.26270.50.4+50
Ferry180.00.0120.00.0+6
Tram100.00.030.00.0+7
Truck1,3861.20.01,7241.50.0-338
Motorbike/Motor scooter8540.70.49140.80.5-60
Bicycle8580.70.79330.80.7-75
Taxi/Other2230.20.52840.20.6-61
Other - multiple methods1,8981.60.71,7431.50.7+155
Walked only5,4694.73.86,2335.44.4-764
Worked at home8,9317.72.28,8457.72.2+86
Did not go to work11,4009.814.211,3859.914.6+15
Not stated1,2451.10.51,8181.60.8-573

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Local workers method of travel to work, 2016
Local workers method of travel to work, 2016 Car, as driver, Health Care and Social Assistance: 72.8% Car, as passenger, Health Care and Social Assistance: 3.9% Train, Health Care and Social Assistance: 0.0% Bus, Health Care and Social Assistance: 0.2% Ferry, Health Care and Social Assistance: 0.0% Tram, Health Care and Social Assistance: 0.0% Truck, Health Care and Social Assistance: 0.0% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Health Care and Social Assistance: 0.4% Bicycle, Health Care and Social Assistance: 0.7% Taxi/Other, Health Care and Social Assistance: 0.5% Other - multiple methods, Health Care and Social Assistance: 0.7% Worked at home, Health Care and Social Assistance: 2.2% Did not go to work, Health Care and Social Assistance: 14.2% Not stated, Health Care and Social Assistance: 0.5% Car, as driver, All industries: 65.7% Car, as passenger, All industries: 5.8% Train, All industries: 0.1% Bus, All industries: 0.6% Ferry, All industries: 0.0% Tram, All industries: 0.0% Truck, All industries: 1.2% Motorbike/Motor scooter, All industries: 0.7% Bicycle, All industries: 0.7% Taxi/Other, All industries: 0.2% Other - multiple methods, All industries: 1.6% Worked at home, All industries: 7.7% Did not go to work, All industries: 9.8% Not stated, 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 local workers method of travel to work, 2011 to 2016
Change in local workers method of travel to work, 2011 to 2016 Car, as driver, All industries: +4,201 Car, as passenger, All industries: -1,187 Train, All industries: +35 Bus, All industries: +50 Ferry, All industries: +6 Tram, All industries: +7 Truck, All industries: -338 Motorbike/Motor scooter, All industries: -60 Bicycle, All industries: -75 Taxi/Other, All industries: -61 Other - multiple methods, All industries: +155 Worked at home, All industries: +86 Did not go to work, All industries: +15 Not stated, All industries: -573
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 796 people in the who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, compared with 84,601 who drove in private vehicles (car – as driver, car – as passenger, motorbike, or truck).

Analysis of the method of travel to work of the in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016 compared to the Health Care and Social Assistance workforce within RDA Darling Downs and South West Region shows that 0.7% used public transport, while 72.8% used a private vehicle, compared with 0.2% and 76.7% respectively in the Health Care and Social Assistance workforce within RDA Darling Downs and South West Region.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the workforce in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and the Health Care and Social Assistance workforce were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers who worked at home (7.7% compared to 2.2%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers who travelled by car (as a passenger) (5.8% compared to 3.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers who travelled by car (as driver) (65.7% compared to 72.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers who did not go to work (9.8% compared to 14.2%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Car, as driver (+4,201 local workers)
  • Car, as passenger (-1,187 local workers)
  • Walked only (-764 local workers)
  • Truck (-338 local workers)

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