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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Local workers - Method of travel to work - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services

Within the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, there is a higher proportion of local Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services workers using public transport to get to work than 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 - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%Health Care and Social Assistance %Number%Health Care and Social Assistance %2011 to 2016
Car, as driver1,33773.372.81,19772.770.4+140
Car, as passenger864.73.91136.94.7-27
Train70.40.000.00.0+7
Bus231.30.2100.60.4+13
Ferry00.00.000.00.00
Tram00.00.000.00.00
Truck362.00.0583.50.0-22
Motorbike/Motor scooter231.30.4241.50.5-1
Bicycle80.40.7140.90.7-6
Taxi/Other00.00.540.20.6-4
Other - multiple methods341.90.7342.10.70
Walked only432.43.8382.34.4+5
Worked at home80.42.2120.72.2-4
Did not go to work21311.714.21277.714.6+86
Not stated50.30.5150.90.8-10

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, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 73.3% Car, as passenger, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 4.7% Train, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 0.4% Bus, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 1.3% Ferry, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 0.0% Tram, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 0.0% Truck, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 2.0% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 1.3% Bicycle, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 0.4% Taxi/Other, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 0.0% Other - multiple methods, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 1.9% Worked at home, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 0.4% Did not go to work, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 11.7% Not stated, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 0.3%
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, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: +140 Car, as passenger, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: -27 Train, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: +7 Bus, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: +13 Ferry, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 0 Tram, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 0 Truck, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: -22 Motorbike/Motor scooter, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: -1 Bicycle, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: -6 Taxi/Other, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: -4 Other - multiple methods, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 0 Worked at home, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: -4 Did not go to work, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: +86 Not stated, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: -10
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 30 people in the Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, compared with 1,459 who drove in private vehicles (car – as driver, car – as passenger, motorbike, or truck).

Analysis of the method of travel to work of the Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services 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 1.6% used public transport, while 80.0% 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 Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services 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 travelled by truck (2.0% compared to 0.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers who did not go to work (11.7% compared to 14.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers who worked at home (0.4% compared to 2.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers who walked only (2.4% compared to 3.8%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel of work of the Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services workforce in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Car, as driver (+140 local workers)
  • Did not go to work (+86 local workers)
  • Car, as passenger (-27 local workers)
  • Truck (-22 local workers)

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